In 2007, Qalaa Holdings established the Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation (QHSF, previously known as the Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation) as its flagship CSR project. The firm has endowed the Foundation to grant academic scholarships to talented young Egyptian men and women interested in pursuing Master’s degrees and PhDs at international universities. Fifteen to 20 students each year receive generous scholarships to follow their dreams at some of the most prestigious educational institutions worldwide. The only condition: they must return to work in Egypt upon graduation.
QHSF has grown into one of Egypt’s largest private-sector funded scholarship programs. So far, the Foundation has assisted 138 of Egypt’s most talented and promising students to achieve their potential. Scholarship recipients study across all disciplines including filmmaking, anthropology, art, human rights and law, business, engineering, architecture, development and medicine. The ultimate aim of the Foundation is to provide Egypt with high-caliber, internationally competitive professionals across all fields.
Scholarship recipients have come from 12 governorates across Egypt, including Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Menoufia, Ismailia, Assiut, Minya, Qalyubiya, Dakahlia and Aswan. Since its inaugural year in 2007, the Foundation has granted scholarships to support 124 Master's degrees and 15 PhDs.
Recipients of the QHSF scholarships have attended institutions including Harvard, Stanford and Columbia universities in the United States; Oxford, Cambridge and University College London in the United Kingdom; Lund University in Sweden; University of Heidelberg in Germany; University of Helsinki in Finland and ESADE Business School in Spain, in addition to other world-class institutions.