As a member of the Metrolina Phoenician Club, graduating high school seniors are eligible to apply to both the Metrolina Phoenician Club Scholarships and the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs Scholarships.
THE METROLINA PHOENICIAN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
The annual Metrolina Phoenician Club Scholarship fund was established in 2007 by Tony & Lakana Bikhazi. In 2012, Charles & Mary Saleh matched the scholarship amount and the total is now at minimum $4,000. Through the generosity of our community, several additional members have contributed to the fund over the years. To all the donors, the MPC is eternally grateful.
The MPC Scholarship is only awarded to those who are fully registered rising freshman to an accredited community college, college, or university. The applicant is required to be an active member of the Club and our community having attended and assisted at fundraising events. Additionally, the applicant or the applicant’s parent or guardian must have paid club membership dues for the current calendar year plus the two immediate prior years. The award is sent directly to the institutions to be used for qualifying educational expenses. The amount of the Scholarship to be awarded will be determined annually by the Scholarship Committee and will depend on funds available along with the number of applicants. The Scholarship offered is for two semesters and is earmarked for students entering their freshman year.
THE SOUTHERN FEDERATION OF
SYRIAN LEBANESE AMERICAN CLUBS SCHOLARSHIP
The Southern Federation Foundation has awarded over 2,000 scholarships and approximately 245 “Gifts for Knowledge” totaling well over $2.3 million since the inception of the Scholarship Program in 1949.
Scholarships are presented to members who are recent high-school graduates enrolling in a university. Applications are reviewed, approved, and awarded by the Scholarship Committee. A strong feeling of commitment is planted with each scholarship awarded, as the scholarships fund the acquisition of knowledge, providing recipients with skills necessary to make meaningful contributions to society. Past recipients have used their education to serve society in fields such as law, medicine and business, and have also actively participated in the leadership of the Federation. In the beginning, one dollar from each Southern Federation convention registration was directed for the Scholarship Fund and the Scholarship Committee worked to raise the additional funds needed. Today, scholarships are funded by contributions from the Southern Federation's affiliated clubs, its individual members, the Federation itself and non-Federation members interested in education, our organization, and our heritage.