The Jameel-Toyota Scholarship at MIT

The Jameel-Toyota Scholarship at MIT

December 14, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


[MUSIC PLAYING] I’m originally from Tunisia. I attended high
school in Jordan. I come from Indonesia. I’m from Malaysia. From Amman, Jordan. Dedicated students all
over the developing world dream of an education at an
elite institution, like MIT. But the costs can
be prohibitive. The number of available
scholarships or grants, as an international student
coming to any United States colleges, are few
and far between. My parents were worried
about affording to send me to good universities abroad. To provide brighter
futures, in 1994, the Abdul Latif Jameel
Toyota Endowed Scholarship was established as part of
MIT’s student financial support programs, providing
financial assistance for undergraduate students from
the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. I thought it was interesting
how it came about. It was an international
student who came in the ’70s, became very successful and had
the initiative to say, oh, wow, MIT was a big part
of my journey. And therefore, I’d like to give
back and help other students to help propel their journey. If it were not for
the financial support that the Community
Jameel has offered me, I would not have been able to
go to a college such as MIT. Without the scholarship, I
would not be able to go to MIT. They changed my life
by just allowing me to attend the top
university in the world. I would never be able
to come to this place without the scholarship. To date, over 180 students
from around 25 countries have been able to complete their
undergraduate education at MIT, setting them on the
road to leadership and bringing world-class
education back home, helping them to transform their
lives and the lives of those around them. Opportunities to go
here at MIT definitely empowered me to feel more
capable of solving the issues that I see with the
world around me. I am now translating those
learnings into a low carbon future of the
world, transitioning and helping this
energy system such that we will be able to change
the course of climate change. I do plan to use the scholarship
to help me to give back in the same way that
they have enabled me to become who I am today. I know I’m not rich. But if I ever become
rich, I’ll probably follow the same footsteps
trying to establish this kind of thing. And maybe I don’t
even need to be rich, just get people with
the same kind of passion and forward thinking. My dad is a bus driver. My mom is house wife. And I’m a
first-generation student. They want to see me go far. This scholarship
inspires me a lot. It’s all about giving
the opportunities to those who do not
have the privilege to improve their lives sometimes
because of financial barriers. And I hope to be the person
who can carry a tool from MIT to influence the world. One person to 10 person. And another 10 person can
help to influence another 10 person or 100 person. This is what I want to do to
see the world become a better place and a happier
place, more peace. Yeah. [MUSIC PLAYING]