Ameen Rihani Organization
"True knowledge is power; but in order to feel at home with it, we must be constitutionally qualified. And if we are not, it is likely to give the soul such a twist as to deform it forever."
Ameen Rihani, 1911
.:2010 Rihani Scholarship Recipients

The Rihani Scholarhip Selection Committee was flattered to receive several highly qualified applicants competing for the 2010 award. Their character, academic performance, talents, and contributions to society were superior which made the task for the committee that much harder. As in many years in the past, the Scholarship Selection Committee had a long deliberation resulting in the announcement of the winner of the $1,500 Ameen Rihani Scholarship for 2010 - Joe Feghali, a Lebanese-American from Bakersfield, CA. It is worth noting that both runner-ups were equally qualified and deserve to be recognized accordingly. However, given the current rules of the Scholarship Program, only one individual could be chosen as the winner of the Rihani Scholarship.

Joe Feghali Joe Feghali

Joe Feghali was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and came to the United States in 2004 when he was twelve years of age. He is ranked first out of 655 seniors in his graduating class and scored 2340 on the SAT I, and 710, 740, 800, 800, and 800 on the five subject matters of the SAT II. He has also earned straight As in every class that he has taken throughout his four years of high school, including all 13 AP and Honors courses. Joe is an exceptional student by anyone's standard. He has equally excelled in his extra-curricular activities. "Joe is highly sought after as one who can represent our school in various competitions", says one of his high school counselors. He has been a League Champion tennis player for the past three years. He has performed in various drama productions and was recognized as the Best Performer in One Act Play in 2009. Last year, Joe was ranked first in California in Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth in the nation. One of his teachers refers to him as a student who "has brought depth and quality to our student body as well as the community at large". He is a "tremendous young man who pursues the best opportunities in life, who commits himself completely, and who will continue to add to all programs at the university level", adds the teacher.

Joe has been accepted at various Ivy League universities and will be enrolled at Harvard in the Fall of 2010. He is interested in pursuing a career in International Relations and is keen on helping less fortunate people rise above their unfair circumstances. Joe wants to become a corporate lawyer with an emphasis on international business, and ultimately an ambassador to less fortunate nations thus enabling him to contribute in a meaningful and effective way to the international society.

The Ameen Rihani Scholarship Committee extends its warm congratulations to Joe!

Runner Up

Each year the Ameen Rihani Organization receives scholarship applications from a number of highly talented students who will be entering their first year of university studies. Since the Rihani scholarship can only be offered to one student each year, the Scholarship Selection Committee decided that, beginning with 2006, runner-ups will also be recognized.  These individuals have enjoyed similar exemplary characteristics and achievements as those of the selected scholarship winner.

The runner-ups for the 2010 Ameen Rihani Scholarship are:

Matthew Kasper, Lebanese/Syrian-American from Pennsylvania, entering Fordham University
Rachel Webb, Lebanese-American from New York, entering Princeton University
Congratulations to Joe, Matthew, and Rachel!