From Aleppo to Monmouth College – a violinist carries the spirit of Syria and MLK forward

Please allow me the opportunity to express my gratitude and thanks for all those who have aided me in becoming one of the Syrian students who was honored as a recipient for a scholarship to attend one of the finest liberal arts universities.
I consider myself so fortunate and blessed for receiving this amazing opportunity, and I am so excited to meeting new people and learning about and becoming immersed in a different culture.
I am certain that my studies in Monmouth College will enhance my knowledge and experience in the music field, and will guide me to grow as person and flourish as an exceptional musician.
I would like to one day pass my knowledge to the future generations of Syrian youth, and become a figure for hope and potential so as to prove to the world that the Syrian community has the ability and talent to master classical Western compositions and performances, just as I have done.
I very much hope that my studies will aid me in raising awareness of the musical heritage and culture in Syria.
Thank you so much Jusoor, IIE, IIT and Syrian Education USA Advisors for your dedication and effort for the students of Syria, who without you, would not be here today.
Special thanks to an amazing person, Mr. Hossam Shobokshi, for his tremendous generosity and to Mr. Gerald Doyle, whose care and support for Syrian students is eternally appreciated.
I still cannot believe that my dream finally has come true.
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
-Martin Luther

3 Comments Add yours

  1. gpdoyle says:

    Information about Monmouth College:

    Monmouth College is a private, selective, residential college, offering majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as outstanding academic advising, small, seminar-style classes, varied internship and study abroad opportunities, and summer research experiences to thoughtful, intellectually engaged and ambitious students from across the United States and around the world.

    Monmouth College at a glance

    Location: Monmouth, Illinois, population 9,900
    Nearest cities: Quad Cities—Rock Island, Moline and East Moline, Ill.; Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa—(45 miles) Peoria (65 miles)
    Enrollment: 1,300 students
    Demographics: 48% men, 52% women; 93% live on campus; 23% minorities and international students
    Calendar: Semester (Two 17-week terms)
    Areas of Study: 33 majors, 30 minors, 16 pre-professional programs
    Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
    Student/Faculty ratio: 13:1
    Average class size: 18 (55% of classes have fewer than 20 students)
    Campus: 106 acres, including a 33-acre nature preserve / athletic park
    Affiliations & Accreditations: Charter member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of leading liberal arts colleges; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); American Chemical Society; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913.

  2. gpdoyle says:

    For more information about the IIE Syrian Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis please visit:

    We are now accepting expressions of interest from colleges and universities in North America and around the globe to join the 2013-14 Syrian Consortium.

  3. gpdoyle says:

    This was Dr. King’s last speech. If you’ve never listened to his final words, please

    “We have some difficult days ahead…..”

    We will get there together.

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