Foundation of the Sir Syed Scholar Award

The Sir Syed Global Scholar Award (SSGSA) is annually administered by the Sir Syed Education Society of North America, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. The award is offered to students and alumni of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) from all faculties.

This award was first given in 2006 as the Sir Syed Excellence in Science Award to serve the needs of AMU Students interested in achieving higher education in the United States. It was designed to provide AMU students and alumni with financial assistance towards standardized tests and application fees, and personalized mentoring throughout the process from selection of universities to refining personal essays and resumes. Under the SSGSA program, so far over 120 AMU students have been successfully placed at various prestigious universities around the world.

SSGSA has a committed team of volunteers who mentor students and work with them for up to two years before students successfully secure a position in a Master’s or PhD program. These volunteers who mentor students are experts in their field. After starting their degrees, the awardees often become mentors to other incoming students. SSGSA sincerely believes that such a practice creates an environment of grander participation and will result in a greater number of mentors to help AMU students.

Several AMU faculty members, researchers, and company executives are also part of the SSGSA network. In the past, many have delivered seminars, webinars, workshops and presentations under the SSGSA banner to introduce AMU students to opportunities of higher education abroad. In addition to increased exposure, these events are helpful in keeping students motivated throughout the application process that is long, tedious and expensive. Many students get distracted and move elsewhere due to lack of continuous motivation. The SSGSA team aims to identify meritorious students, empower them with knowledge and financial assistance, and help them to fulfill their ambition of higher education by keeping them focused with continued engagement.

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The SSGSA team strives hard to further the cause of the Aligarh Muslim University on two fronts:

  • Mentoring and financially supporting meritorious students so they are successful in getting admission at prestigious graduate programs across the globe.
  • Expanding our strong formal network of academic mentors who also function as brand ambassadors of AMU at their respective universities and organisations where they are placed after finishing their studies.


Advisory Board

Dr. Suhail Sabir, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Dr. Asadullah Khan, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Prof. Shakir Husain, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Dr. Shahid Jameel, University of Oxford
Dr. Moyeen Haque, Houston, Texas, USA
Dr. Farhan Ahmad, Hicksville, NY, USA
Prof. Shakeel Ansari, University of Texas, USA
Prof. Nawab Ali, Professor, University of Arkansas, USA

Leadership History

Donor And Contributors

Aligarh Alumni Association of Atlanta
Aligarh Alumni Association of Chicago
Aligarh Alumni Association of Houston
Aligarh Education Endowment Fund
Indian Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC)
All donors, students and alumni.

Sir Syed
Education Society
Of North America

237 Worthen Road East, Lexington, MA 02421, USA

A 501(c) (3) Non-profit Organisation

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