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A Heartfelt Thank You!

Article published on APWA This past year, APWA supported and funded Leonard Education Organization (LEO), a woman run non-profit NGO. LEO facilitates the US college admission and matriculation of Palestinian youth. A Heartfelt thank you! I wish to offer American Palestinian Women’s Association (APWA) our appreciation for supporting Leonard Education Organization (LEO), whose main objective is to offer…

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7 Tips for Arab Students Studying in America

Article published on Arab America BY: Deya’ Dresner/Contributing Writer As an Arab student, there are many ways to get the most out of your US college educational experience. For many years now, nations have encouraged their best and brightest youth to pursue study opportunities in foreign lands. This has proven to be invaluable for many societies whose youth…

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Wishing you all a Peaceful and Happy Holiday Season

On behalf of all of our Team, scholars and board members at the Leonard Education Organization we wish to thank you for your support this past year.   As we, review, prepare, and support the next round of applicants I can’t help but reflect on all that we have achieved and shared this year. We…

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New Partnerships for a Brighter Future

  We recognize that the future of Palestine is in its villages, cities, and refugee camps. LE•O strategically cultivates experienced grassroots partners that identify and help prepare promising students, especially students from underserved communities that represent all genders, religions, and cultural backgrounds. Over the past three months, we have been extremely active developing new and…

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Challenge to Change Partners with LE•O

Challenge to Change is a Swiss Non-Profit Organization founded in 2014 to raise awareness on mental health among women in the Middle East through the sharing of digital content and through running online and on the ground interactive programs. Challenge to Change empowers women so that they may take on the stigma relating to mental…

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One Year Anniversary of LEO

In the middle of August we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Leonard Education Organization! Established by a dedicated and experienced American Palestinian woman, in honor of her father’s lifelong work in the field of education, LE•O’s mission is to support the education of Palestinian youth in order to provide a sustainable future for…

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Dr. Graham Leonard @ 90

Dr. Graham Leonard and Deya’ Leonard Dresner Dr. Graham Leonard is the man for whom we named our education organization. He has made the education of Arabs his life’s work with the primary focus on the education of Palestinians and to this day devotes half of each year to this work. These days, Graham travels…

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Welcome New LE•O Scholar

Marah Abdin Marah Abdin to attend University of Rochester I was born to a Palestinian family in the city of Jerusalem. Throughout my life, even though my parents never got the chance to attend college, my two sisters and I have always been raised to put education before anything else and to understand that it…

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LE•O Scholar UPDATES

Mohammad Noubani  writes: My semester was thankfully great but very cold. During the semester, I shadowed a neurosurgeon as you know and I was busy with studying gym and reading. As for this summer, I will be working in a library and will be participating in a community service project. I will also work with Professor…

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Spotlight on LE•O Service Recipient

Ahmad Al-Fakeer My name is Ahmad Al-Fakeer, a Palestinian refugee from Lebanon. I finished the International Baccalaureate program at Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway. I got accepted with a full scholarship at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In my freshman year at Methodist University, I was not fully focused on studying,…

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