2014 ALAA Scholarship Awards Reach Million Dollar Mark

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Saturday, June 7, 2014, the American Lebanese Awareness Association held its 31st Scholarship Awards where it awarded $36,000.00 to 31 scholars. It was a special night for the ALAA community as it reached over a MILLION dollars in awards to further the education of students of Lebanese descent. This milestone was reached through the generosity of the many donors and contributors of the ALAA community who believe in the opportunities education provides. We join all the scholarship recipients in thanking them for their generosity and community spirit.

Congratulations to the ALAA Class of 2014. We wish you well in your studies.

Meet the 2013 ALAA Scholars & Thank You to our Donors

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2013 ALAA Scholars

Saturday, June 8, 2013 was a great night for the American Lebanese Awareness Association and the 26 young men and woman who received $34,750.00 in scholarships. The recipients for 2013 are:

Alexander Salah Jacquelyn M. Farah
Jeremy Kamari Davis Veilleux
Sammantha Deglaoui Delaney Bradley
Monica Modrich Chase Clark
Gabriel Hamani Sofia Latify Ashooh
Carla Francis Carine Zerriny
Peter Somi Jesica Chaya
Emily Nahil Tony Abou-Jaoude
Daniel Kfoury Melissa Najjar
Jake Chory Jaclyn Becotte
Julie Solimine Elie Daou
Nabil Bou-Mitri Michelle Abou-Raad
Jaclyn Solimine Julie Boshar

The scholarship recipients and the ALAA are most appreciative to our donors to the scholarship funds and the 30th anniversary program book. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom for a listing of the many people and organizations that make these scholarships possible.

Endowed Donors

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Kellan and Family Scholarship

Riscalla “Ross” Abdinoor Memorial Scholarship

George and Lillian Naddif Scholarship

Charles A. & Shirley Zraket Scholarship

Bert J. Samia Scholarship

Abraham D. Bashara Scholarship

James & Rose Yameen Scholarship (Butcher Boy Inc.)

Dr. Fred & Emily Arrigg Foundation Scholarship

Shahadi & Nellie Batal Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Michael J. Kannan Memorial Scholarship

Rose Budron & Louis M. Kelly Scholarship

George W. Hajjar Scholarship

Fred B. Sr. & Sada Kfoury Scholarship

Ann F. & Daniel Yameen Scholarship

Sadie Bashara Memorial Scholarship

Claire M. Savio Scholarship

Carpenter Family Trust Schlarship

Sadie Jowdy Memorial Scholarship

Thomas Mansour & Anthony Ramey Scholarship

Msgr. Semaan Farris Scholarship

Elias Abdinoor Scholarship

Sam Jowdy Scholarship

2013 Annual Donors

$3,000.00 Scholarship Donor

Delia Moses Abdinoor Scholarship

$2,500.00 Scholarship Donor

Vivian A. & Nicola H. Ramy Memorial Scholarship

$2,000.00 Scholarship Donor

Dr. Barbara A. Hajjar Scholarship

Mary (Erban) Boshar Memorial Scholarship

Robert and Donna Manning Scholarship

$1,500.00 Scholarship Donor

Rose Budron Memorial Scholarship

$1,250.00 Scholarship Donor

Rebecca Mann Shwayri Memorial Scholarship

$1,000.00 Scholarship Donors

Samuel J. Ameen, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Fred B. Kfoury Jr. (Central Paper Co.) Scholarship

Charles, Anna & Joanne Nahil Memorial Scholarship

Zraket & Shibel Families Scholarship

Louis J. Zraket Memorial Scholarship

Charles & Shirley Zraket Scholarship

Dr. Robert & Pauline Kellan Family Scholarship

Kenneth Kellan Scholarship

Michael Kellan Scholarship

John K. & Najla T. Erban Memorial Scholarship

United Lebanese Charitable Society

$500.00 Scholarship Donors

Joseph & Yvonne Ellis Memorial Scholarship

Scholars for Scholars

Total to Date: $5,265.00


Shadi Asmar 1991/93 Jennifer Shaheen 1987
Alyssa Abraham 1998 Joseph Harb 1988/90/92
Patricia Letayf 2007/08 George Somi 2007
Corie Abraham 1997 Dianne Hezel 2000/01
Laurie Mahoney 1998 Kerri Noonan Steele 1990/91
Kaliope Azzi Huck 1992 John-Paul Hezel 1998/99
Peter Mahoney 2004 Andrew Timko 2001
Mireille Azzi 2005 Michael Homsey 1999
Collette Maksou Sadek 2004 Lindsay Timko 2004
Mark Boshar 1986 John Kalil 1987
Roger Malouf 1999 Susan Zraket Veilleux 1985
Fouad Dagher 1985 Nadine Kassis 2007/08
Matthew Pallone 2003 Al Ward 1986
Andrea Daniels 1996 Melissa Kotch 2004
Karen Zraket Pappalardo 1988 Stacey Bistany Zraket 1990
Robert Farah 2007/08 Steven Korbani 1989
Marie Rahme 2007 Edward Zraket 1989
Samantha Farah 2005/08 Mary Abbas Callahan
Andrew Ramey 1997 Daniel 2003
Kaitlin Faris 2005 Meghan 1997
Paul Ramey 1995/97 Thomas 2006
Scot Gabriel 1988/89/91 Allison Carroll 1995
Ramzi Ramey Lara Scott 1997/98
Chris Guimond 1993/94 Anonymous 2002
Jay Michael Saba 1994 George & Sandra Matook
David Guimond 1995 George 2002/03
Nicole Shadeed 2000/03 Elaina 2003/04
Lynne Hajjar Kumm 1989 Anonymous


Currently Funded Individual Scholarships

Nancy Erban Carpenter 1985
Anthony Ramy 1984
Herbert Ramy 1985/92
Mark Boshar 1986


Program Book Sponsors

Dr. Azar Korbey

Shaheen Guerrera & O’Leary

Fantini Bakery

Roy and Marie Bistany

Chaya Brothers

New England Cardiology

Elias Foods, Inc. Oregano Restaurant

Commonwealth Motors, Inc.

GMH Mortgage Services LLC

Ibrahim & Majdoline Ash

Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, Inc.

Michael Faris

Environmental Science and Technologies Inc.

EZ Dental – Rachelle Abou-Ezzi

St. JosephChurch

Noel Farah Family

Michael’s Function Halls

Camil Y. Saade Ad

Shaheen Pallone & Associates

Shaheen Bros., Inc.


George’s Bakery

Scholars for Scholars Award Reaches $5,000.00 Goal !

Thank you to the ALAA Scholars, listed below, for contributing to the ALAA Scholars for Scholars Fund.  The ALAA reached out to past ALAA Scholarship recipients and they have been most generous.  This special group is funding an award to be given out for the first time at the 2013 Scholarship Award Dinner. The ALAA Scholars for Scholars have  contributed $5,000.00 with more contributions coming in.  If you received an ALAA scholarship, please consider joining this wonderful group of donors and support the future scholars of the ALAA.

Any gift, large or small, makes a difference.

Make your donation online through PayPal  http://www.americanlebaneseawarenessassociation.org/ giving or mail your payment made out to American Lebanese Awareness Association.

ALAA | P.O. Box 292 | Lawrence, MA 01842

For more information about giving any contribution or gift, please contact us : e-mail: amerleb@comast.net

ALAA Scholars for Scholars Fund Donor Roll

Maureen & George AbrahamAbraham, Alyssa 1998Abraham, Carrie 1997Anonymous 2002Asmar, Shadi 1991/93

Azzi Huck, Kaliope 1992

Azzi, Mireille 2005

Boshar, Mark 1986

Dagher, Fouad 1985

Daniels, Andrea 1996

Farah, Robert 2007/08

Farah, Samantha 2005/08

Farris, Kaitlin 2005

Gabriel Scot 1988/89/91

Guimond, Chris 1993/94

Guimond, David 1995

Hajjar Kumm, Lynne 1989

Harb, Joseph 1988/90/92

Paul F. & Nancy H. Hezel

Hezel, Dianne 2000/01

Hezel, John-Paul 1998/99

Susan & Michael Homsey

Homsey, Michael 1999

Joan & Joseph Kalil

Kalil, John 1987

Kassis, Nadine 2007/08

Kotch, Melissa 2004

Korbani, Steve 1989

Letayf, Patricia 2007/08

Charline & Raymond Mahoney

Mahoney, Laurie 1998

Mahoney, Peter 2004

Maksou, Colette 2004

Rosette & George Malouf

Malouf, Roger 1999

Donna & John Pallone

Pallone, Matthew 2003

Pappalardo, Karen Zraket 1988

Kathleen & Elie Rahme

Rahme, Marie 2007

Ramey, Andrew 1997

Ramey, Paul 1995/97

Ramey, Ramzi

Ramy, Anthony 1984

Ramy, Herbert N. 1985/92

Saba, Jay Michael 1994

Shadeed, Nicole 2000/03

Shaheen, Jennifer 1987

Rita & Joseph Somi

Somi, George 2007

Steele, Kerri Noonan 1990/91

Judith & Michael Timko

Timko, Andrew 2001

Timko, Lindsey 2004

Veilleux, Susan Zraket 1985

Ward, Al 1986

Zraket, Stacey Bistany 1990

Zraket, Edward 1989



Wear the ALAA Pin Proudly

To get your pin, send a check for $10.00, made out to the ALAA, and mail it with your  shipping address, to Box 292, Lawrence, MA 01842 .

Congratulations to the 2012 ALAA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2012 ALAA Scholars !

1st Row (Left to Right):Gabrielle Hill, Elizabeth Teebagy, Jesica Chaya, & Meaghan Drees.
2nd Row : Carla Francis, Michelle Abou-Raad, Carla Khoder, Jacquelyn Farah, Sofia Ashooh, Kaleigh Kfoury, Grace Oulette, & Chena Farhat.
3rd Row :Elias Kassis, Gabriel Hamawi, Benjamin Maroon, & Anthony Francis
4th Row : Jeremy Kamari, Peter Somi, Christian Hbaiter, & Zach Walsh.
5th Row : Tony Abou-Jaoude, Marc Letayf, Jacob Fleming, & Chase Clark.


ALAA 2012 Annual Meeting

ALAA Annual Meeting


Monday, May 21, 7:00 pm          

Join Us… Free & Open to the Public

Everett Mill 6th Floor, 15 Union Street, Lawrence, MA

Watch for more details!

If your family was in Lawrence in 1912, chances are they were affected by the Strike of 1912, Bread & Roses. Jim Beauchesne, Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Services Supervisor will discuss their role in the Strike that made headlines around the world and eventually came to a conclusion after Congressional hearings in Washington DC. We will be meeting in Short Pay! All Out ! the exhibit of the Lawrence History Center on the sixth floor of the Everett Mill.  The Lewis Hine Project:Stories of Lawrence Children and the Maine Labor Mural Project will also be on display.

For information about the exhibit go to:


New Website Launched

Welcome to our new home on the web…

Learn more about the American Lebanese Awareness Association by visiting us on our new website.  Since 1984 the ALAA has served the Lebanese community of the Merrimack Valley, through awareness programs and scholarships.  The 2011 scholarship application is now available under the “Scholarships” tab.  Read how to qualify and you could be one of the recipients at our June Banquet. Visit often as we develop our site, and if you want to support our work, become a member or contribute to our scholarship program.