PAX Means Peace Scholars | Abaarso School

Female students at the Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Somaliland

The Tradition Continues

For decades, PAX has provided scholarship opportunities for impressive international teens who could otherwise not afford to follow their dreams of being an exchange student in the U.S. The PAX Means Peace Scholars program is in keeping with these efforts and serves as an exciting boost to an already-inspiring education success story—that of our partner, Abaarso School of Science and Technology.

Located in Somaliland, Abaarso is an English-language boarding school for the brightest boys and girls from across the region. With only about 200 students from grades 7 to 12, the school routinely sends more than a dozen graduates to elite universities in the U.S. Their story is so impressive in fact that CBS' 60 Minutes aired a reportage on the Horn of Africa school. 

The First PAX-Abaarso Student

It started with an adventurous scholar named Shukri. During the 2015/16 school year, it didn't matter whether Shukri was volunteering with children, having her first burger, sledding with friends (snow took some getting used to), or competing in the UMass Lowell Model United Nations—she always did so with a big, bright smile, proudly representing her country and eagerly getting to know her host nation. After finishing up back in Somaliland, the esteemed PAX alumna set off for one of the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S. We're confident that she is destined for great things and can't wait for the next update!

Given Shukri's success, the program quickly grew. PAX now welcomes at least half a dozen Abaarso students each school year. And while Shukri blazed the way for future PAX-Abaarso students, the subsequent groups have been every bit as impressive. 

Get Involved

If you are interested in learning more about the program or even funding a future scholar, let us know by clicking on the button below. We're sure you'll be as impressed as we are at how these scholars contribute to PAX's vision of a global community of people who are open minded and appreciate cultural differences. As you may well know, we believe such a community is a fertile field for justice, prosperity, and peace—after all, PAX means peace.

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