.: 2004 Rihani Scholarship Recipients
In August 2004, the Ameen Rihani Scholarship Selection Committee announced the recipient of the Ameen
Rihani Scholarship for this year. While 2004 marks the second year anniversary of the scholarship program,
the Selection Committee enjoyed another wide array of highly qualified young men and women applicants.
In addition to a majority of Lebanese-American students, other Arab-American applicants of Iraqi, Egyptian,
Jordanian, Palestinian, and Kuwaiti descent competed for the scholarship. These candidates reside in 17
different states and represent all geographic regions of the United States.
The Scholarship Selection Committee is proud to announce that the winner of the $1,500 Ameen Rihani
Scholarship for 2004 is Dina Amin, an Iraqi-American of Encinitas, CA.
To her teachers and counselor, Dina is known as an individual who is mature, intelligent, talented,
diligent, determined, trustworthy, and focused. To her student colleagues, she is their role model. Dina's
academic record in her four years of high school is impressive. She has earned a 4.3 weighted GPA while
taking over 20 classes that were designated as Advance Placement or Honors courses. A seeker of knowledge,
Dina has been known to always want to learn new things. This is evident by earning 298 credits while the
required number to graduate was only 230.
Dina's active role in extra-curricular activities, and her involvement in her community are assets that
she has very successfully developed. She has held the position of President and Vice President of the Speech
and Debate Team, ranked 6th place in the state of California, and was named a National Qualifier. She has
participated in several policy debate tournaments and invitationals where she earned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
and other awards in over 20 events. Over a period of four years, she has mastered her debate skills and
attracted the admiration of many. One of her teachers describe her as a "formidable opponent, and always
a gracious victor". She has also developed a unique sense of judgement coupled with an innate maturity as
a teacher elaborates by saying that "she reacts to situations with two minds, one that is in the moment, and
another that consciously weighs the value of her decisions and the effect that they will have on others".
Dina has been also involved in numerous community services and activities counseling homeless teenagers,
building homes for poor families, assisting freshman students in getting acquainted with school, and taking a lead
role in church and at Catholic Youth events. She is also an avid athlete having competed in Lacrosse and
soccer throughout her high school years.
Dina's ambition is to work towards creating peace between the United States and the Middle East. She is
inspired to teach others about cultural understanding, and plans to use her speaking skills to hopefuly
become, one day, an ambassador to Iraq. She will be majoring in International Relations at the University
of California - Berkeley. Dina is an outstanding student and person, and well-worthy of the 2004 Ameen
Rihani Scholarship award.