December 10, 2016 – From hundreds of applicants, WYA Middle East (WYAME) intern alumna Diala Al Masri was one of the three chosen awardees to receive the 2017 Rhode Scholarship. The Scholars-elect will begin their studies at Oxford in the autumn of 2017. It was the first time for the Rhode Scholarship to be awarded for the Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (SJLP) region.
Diala was a former intern at the WYAME regional office, 3rd batch of 2013. During her internship, she completed WYA’s Certified Training Program and was involved with different community projects to promote WYA’s mission of defending the dignity of the person. As she shares in one of her WYA blogs, Diala believes on the importance of youth participation in the global discussion on development. Click here to read her blog.
Diala was awarded the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Community Ambassador Award because of her active involvement and leadership role in civic engagement events in Lebanon.
When asked about her hope for the Middle East and youth Diala shared “I hope we build on our strength, mainly our human capital, and also hope we stand by each other more and extend our helping hands. I hope we stay humble to recognize the many things we don’t know and to work hard to know them and put them in service for the sake of ourselves and our fellow humans.”
Diala holds a BA degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University and an MA degree in Policy Economics from the Center for Development Economics (CDE) at Williams College. She intends to pursue a DPhil in economics at Oxford University. “I am passionate about policy development and International Economics. Besides academics, I tend to be a global citizen fond of traveling. I am also passionate about caricature drawing and basketball,” Diala shares.
World Youth Alliance wishes to congratulate Diala for her inspiring achievement.