Frederick-Wenger Memorial Fellowship

Terms of the Frederick-Wenger Memorial Fellowship

The Frederick-Wenger Jordanian Educational Fellowship is to assist Jordanian undergraduate or graduate students with the cost of their education. Eligible candidates must be Jordanian citizens currently enrolled in a degree program at a higher education institution within Jordan. Eligibility is not limited to specific fields of study, but preference will be accorded to students in programs that advance the awareness, understanding, and development of Jordan’s cultural heritage.

Two Fellowships of $1,500 each will be awarded each cycle.  This award should be used by the student to pay for expenses directly related to the student’s educational program. Such expenses may include (but are not limited to) tuition, registration fees, course or reference material, and transportation.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2019
Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2019

Click here to apply for this fellowship

Frederick Wenger Fellowship Award History:

2018     Mariam Mufleeh, Hashemite University
2017     Ruba Al Omary, Yarmouk University
2017     Wafaa Al Shalabi, University of Jordan
2016     Amany Al Dabouki, Hashemite University
2015     Fatmeh Darawad, Hashemite University
2014     Fadia Abedrubh, German Jordanian University
2013     Mohammed D. Mahmoud, Hashemite University
2012     Heba Sawalmeh, Hashemite University
2011     Muwaffaq Hazza al Khadir, Yarmouk University
2010     Samya Khalaf, University of Jordan
2009     Muna Musa al Slaihat, Hashemite University
2008     Fatima Jalboosh, Hashemite University
2007     Nizar al Adarbeh, Yarmouk University

Several of the Frederick-Wenger awardees remain part of the ACOR family, for example:

  • Nizar al Adarbeh recently joined ACOR as Chief of Party of the new USAID SCHEP initiative.
  • Samya (Khalaf) Kafafi is today the ACOR Assistant Librarian.
  • Muaffaq Hazza works with the Umm al Jimal project in northern Jordan and since 2013 has also been assisting international aid organizations with Syrian refugee relief at the Zaatari camp.

Background of the Frederick-Wenger Memorial Fellowship

Nan Frederick in 2009.
Nan Frederick in 2009.

Nan Frederick and Dr. Francis L. Wenger in 1995.

The Frederick-Wenger Memorial Fellowship was created by the late Nan Frederick in 2004 to honor the memory of her late husband, Dr. Francis L. Wenger.  Since her death in 2011, the fellowship has been made in her memory as well. The first award was given in 2007 and is awarded annually since that time.

The couple shared a mutual interest in preserving the cultural heritage of Jordan by advancing the higher education of Jordanian students. They first came to Jordan in 1983. At that time, Nan was Deputy Director of the American School and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, while Francis was head of the Department of Physical Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center, as well as an associate professor and lecturer at George Washington and Georgetown Universities.

Nan retired in 1991 and joined the ACOR Board of Trustees. Francis worked with American and Jordanian physicians to help develop pediatric rehabilitation services in Jordan and he also helped facilitate the donation of an important private library collection to the ACOR Library in 1987. Please help ACOR to honor the memory of this remarkable couple and their commitment to Jordanian higher education and cultural heritage.