Announcements and News


The 2016-2017 application for the Banaa Scholars Program is OPEN. Click here for more information!


Mohamed Ahmed graduated from the University of Rochester this spring!

The two new Banaa Scholars, Salva and Jacob, have arrived! Read about their arrival and this year’s Summer Summit here.

The George Washington University and the University of Rochester both accepted NEW BANAA SCHOLARS for the 2013-14 school year. Read about GW’s second Banaa scholar here.

Makwei Mabioor Deng, the first student to receive a Banaa scholarship, is now the Country Fellow for the International Growth Centre (IGC) in South Sudan.

Makwei graduated from the George Washington University in 2012, and returned to his home nation of South Sudan [08/17/12].

Banaa Featured at CGI-U 2012!

In April 2010, the Clinton Global Initiative honored Banaa and Makwei at the annual CGI-U conference. Click here for the story!

Banaa has received over 170 applications since our first call for applications in 2008! Dozens of qualified peace-builders are awaiting scholarship opportunities. Bring a scholar to your campus!

Banaa in the News

Read about Banaa's first scholar on the front page of the Washington Post!

Read about Banaa’s first scholar on the front page of the Washington Post! [9/23/2008]

• University’s Second Banaa Scholar Arrives at GW [GWToday 8/19/2013]

• GW Student Organization Brings Together Sudanese Scholars at First Annual Summit [9/1/12]

• South Sudanese Scholar Returns Home [8/16/12]

• GW Student Heads Home to Help His Native Sudan[8/17/12]

• Banaa Featured at CGI-U [April 2012]

• Sustaining Funding for the Banaa Program [Op-ed, 12/5/11]

• Future of Sudanese Scholarship Program [12/1/11]

• Schools emulate GW scholarship program

• College and William and Mary works to bring a Banaa Scholar to campus

• Tufts event to help Sudanese student

• A Dream Come True: Sudanese refugee settles into his new life at GW

• Student Activism Brings Sudan Native to GWU

Featured on the Front page of the Washington Post!

• Sudanese refugee will attend GW
[Daily Colonial 4.10.2008]

• The Case for Financing a Banaa Scholarship at Tufts
[Tufts Daily 2.20.2008]

• A letter to the editor about Banaa in the Washington Post
[Washington Post 2.13.2008]

• Groups Unite to Raise Awareness About Darfur
[GW Hatchet, 2/1/2007]

• Taking a STAND Against Genocide
[The Daily Colonial, 1/31/2007]

• Tufts Banaa: a strategic initiative for peace in the Sudan
[The Tufts Daily, 1/30/2007]

• CRs and CDs Unite at Darfur Event
[The Daily Colonial, 1/30/2007]

• Prendergast’s ‘three Ps’ for Darfur
[The Daily Colonial, 1/1/2007]

• Go one step further for Darfur
Op-Ed from Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, George Washington University President
[GW Hatchet, 10/09/2006]

• Going a Different Way on Darfur
[Inside Higher Ed, 10/03/2006]

• University Creates Darfur Grant
[GW Hatchet, 10/02/2006]