Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land Sponsored Student Takes 2nd Place in "Doctors Got Talent" Competition

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The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land offers University Scholarships to worthy students in an attempt to curb the Christian exodus from the Holy Land. They are having many success stories especially among the young people and one in particular is Kays Nadim Abu Sada, a Palestinian Christian who is studying to become a doctor and practice in his homeland.

Kays Nadim Abu Sada

Without your donations, many students would not have been able to get into good universities.

The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land (FFHL) is about keeping a Christian presence in the Holy Land and they are having successes as evidenced by Kays Nadim Abu Sada.

Kays is a Palestinian Christian and the recipient of a FFHL scholarship which has enabled him to attend An-Najah University in Nablus for a six year program. The first three years he will study Biomedical Science and then in his fourth year, he will study Clinical Medicine.

Kays says his studies are difficult but he is working very hard to accomplish his goals and to best utilize the scholarship that was given to him.

He is very thankful because he has always wanted to be a doctor but he also wanted to stay in the Holy Land. He recently wrote a letter to Fr. Peter Vasko, President of FFHL, where he said, "Thank you for everything you are doing. Without your donations, many students would not have been able to get into good universities and accomplish their dreams."

Second to his studies is his love for playing the piano and Kays was recently able to participate in a talent show for all the medical students at the University called "Doctors Got Talent." He played the Titanic theme song in the finals and placed 2nd in the overall competition. Kays beamed, "It was an amazing day!"

He is enjoying life as a student and he has lots of good friends and enjoys doing a variety of activities that are available. He says he feels so lucky to have had this opportunity and looks forward to completing his studies and fulfilling his life long dream of becoming a doctor. He especially wants to be able to make a difference in his community and among his people.

The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land's main focus is education along with job placement and subsidized housing. University Scholarships are made available through the generosity of donors mainly from the United States. Since 1997, the Foundation has awarded full University Scholarships to over 177 students who qualified for financial assistance and who showed strong academic ability. A University Scholarship costs $6000 per year which according to U.S. standards is almost unheard of.

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