Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)

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Middle East Children


1101 8th Street, Suite 100, Berkeley, CA 94710









Executive Director:

Barbara Lubin

Founded in 1988, the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) is a registered nonprofit organization working for the rights and the well-being of children in the Middle East. MECA sends shipments of aid to Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon, and supports projects that make life better for the children.

Support to Higher Education

MECA provides financial assistance to young Palestinian university students. Our scholarship funds enable talented and ambitious high school graduates to obtain degrees, and the skills to make important contributions to their communities and their country. MECA administers three scholarship funds, distributing USD 100,000 in scholarships to students each year.
Type of Support
In 2009, MECA gave 100 full and partial scholarships to students at Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Scholarships are not limited by field of study. In 2011, MECA provided scholarships to 143 students in the West Bank and Gaza. The organization is no longer able to provide scholarships to students at the Islamic University of Gaza.
Duration of Support
One academic year. Scholarships are renewed if the student continues to meet academic achievement requirements.
Eligibility Criteria
Applicants should be:
● Palestinian students.
● Students at universities in the West Bank or Gaza Strip.
● Students should generally have at least 80% average grade to be eligible.

One of our funds is only for Palestinian refugees.
Application Procedures
● Applications can be downloaded and more information is available:
● Applications are to be sent online to: scholarships@mecaforpeace.org
1 July for returning applicants, 31 July for new students.
Josie Shields-Stromsness, Program Director
Email: scholarships@mecaforpeace.org