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Bethlehem Student Continues Tradition at Lewis University

From: Lewis University

Published: January 12, 2016.

A family tradition has been established by two alumni of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land who have also studied at Lewis University in Illinois. Alex Hadweh and his uncle, Jamil Koussa, each earned degrees in Bethlehem before coming to Lewis to study for MBA degrees.

Currently a Lewis student, Hadweh did not realize that he was repeating family history when he decided to apply for the special scholarship program. Lewis University created the program to provide scholarships for Bethlehem alumni to pursue graduate programs at Lewis. After receiving their Lewis graduate degrees, they must then commit to return to the Holy Land to teach at Bethlehem University for at least three years. Hadweh, who is from Jerusalem, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting in May 2015 from Bethlehem University. He recalled his thoughts at the time, saying “I thought I would like teaching and that I would like to stay at Bethlehem University.”

When he discovered that Lewis University has a scholarship program for Bethlehem University graduates, he applied and was accepted into the program. “It’s a good opportunity,” Hadweh stated. “Other Bethlehem students who have received this scholarship are successful and benefitting their society in Palestine. I want to contribute to society too,” he said.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Lewis University scholarship program in support of the mission of Bethlehem University. The first scholarship recipient in this program was Jamil Koussa, also a Bethlehem graduate, who was awarded the scholarship in 1985. Koussa is Alex’s uncle. Upon his return to Bethlehem, he became a faculty member and later served as Dean of the School of Business at Bethlehem University. Today he serves as Director General of St. Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem.

Alex Hadweh is among more than 20 Bethlehem University students to earn a graduate degree at Lewis University because of the special scholarship provided to him. He noted that these Bethlehem University/Lewis University alumni are now successful community leaders in the Holy Land. For instance, Dr. Fadi Kattan, who earned his MBA from Lewis University in 1992, is currently Dean of Bethlehem University’s School of Business.

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Bethlehem University Foundation
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