Amal Clooney Just Launched a Wonderful Scholarship for Women

By Meredith Lepore

It didn't seem like Amal Clooney could get any more perfect, but we think she just did.

The accomplished human rights lawyer, who happens to be married to George Clooney, is partnering with the nonprofit 100 Lives to create a new scholarship for young Lebanese women.

The award — called the "Amal Clooney Scholarship" — will send one female student from Lebanonto WC Dilijan College, a co-ed boarding school in Dilijan, Armenia, to enroll in a two-year international baccalaureate program annually.

"This scholarship will give young women from Lebanon the opportunity of a lifetime," Clooney, who was born in Lebanon, said in a statement. "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."

To qualify for the scholarship, students must show "exemplary academic performance and demonstrable interest in the promotion of human rights and international issues." A winner for the inaugural scholarship has already been selected: Pamela Tebchrany, a Lebanese student who graduated top of her class and is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.

Since Clooney's career is already about helping people, we're not surprised that she took another step to do just that.

"As a leading human-rights barrister and campaigner, Amal Clooney is an inspirational role model for young women around the world," said Ruben Vardanyan, co-founder of 100 Lives and UWC Dilijan College. "She exemplifies integrity, compassion, and dedication, and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures. 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."

George isn't too shabby when it comes to philanthropy either. He’s co-chair of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, a $1 million global humanitarian prize recognizing those who put themselves at risk to help others survive, and co-founded the Not On Our Watch foundation — a partner of 100 Lives — which aims to end mass atrocities.

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