Issam and Dr. Rima Abbas, who along with their three children, were tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2019, believed deeply in the power of higher education and its ability to help shape a brighter and more equitable future for all. They felt strongly that access to higher education ought to be a right, rather than a privilege.
In keeping with these core beliefs, The Abbas Family Red Wagon Fund, housed at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), is launching a new initiative, The Issam and Rima Abbas Endowed Scholarship for exceptionally driven and talented senior high school students at Fordson High School, who wish to make a difference in the world. This scholarship program aims to further the commitment that Issam and Dr. Rima — both Fordson alumns — had to higher education.
The Issam and Rima Abbas Endowed Scholarship is awarded to exceptionally driven and talented senior high school students at Fordson High School. The intent of this scholarship is to support motivated Fordson High School students who wish to make a difference in the world and who demonstrate a commitment to higher education. It is anticipated that each student will be awarded $1,000-$2,500. The fund will make all grant distributions directly to the student’s affiliated college or university once they are enrolled. All colleges and universities must be accredited.
Applications due on April 1st, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Please download and review the instructions before submitting your application.
Click here to learn more about the Issam and Rima Abbas Endowed Scholarship.