On the off chance you didn't already know that Amal Clooney is amazing, her latest project just sealed the deal
Imagine if Amal Clooney paid for your A Levels.
Glossing over the amazing Sixth Form chat that would make (‘Do your parents give you an allowance?’ ‘Nah, Amal’s all over it’), and temporarily forgetting the possibility of spending Christmas at the Clooneys’ (‘Pass the turkey will you, George?’), getting the seal of academic approval from Amal would be like Adele voting for you on the X Factor – without Simon Cowell even calling in any favours.
Which is we’re so excited by the news that Amal is launching a new annual scholarship in partnership with 100 LIVES (that’s the initiative which created the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity – a $1 million global humanitarian prize recognising those who put themselves at risk in order to help others survive).
Created specifically to strengthen cross-cultural education, the ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’ will send one female student from Lebanon to UWC College – an international, mixed boarding school in Armenia, which currently teaches 190 students from 64 countries – so that she can complete a two year international baccalaureate programme.
To be in with a chance of being awarded the scholarship, you need to demonstrate ‘exemplary’ academic performance, and show a remarkable interest in human rights and international issues.
The first ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’ will be awarded to 16 year old Pamela Tebchrany – a Lebanese student who graduated top of her class and is fluent in Arabic, French and English. She will be using the scholarship to pursue her interests in human rights and women’s equality.
‘This scholarship will give young women from Lebanon the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Amal. ‘Cross-cultural learning and studying abroad can be transformative. I am grateful to 100 LIVES for helping to open doors for these bright and talented young women.’
‘As a leading human rights barrister and campaigner, Amal Clooney is an inspirational role model for young women around the world. She exemplifies integrity, compassion and dedication – and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures,’ adds Ruben Vardanyan, co-founder of 100 LIVES and UWC Dilijan. ‘100 LIVES recognizes the need for future generations to have greater cross-cultural understanding. The college strives to make education a force for peace by bringing together aspiring young leaders from all over the world.’
In other news, turns out that George Clooney is currently co-chair of the Aurora Prize, and will present the inaugural priza at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia on April 24, 2016. Which is pretty interesting too.