Help my interwoven journey in empowering smart communities on Earth & Space

  • US$200.00
    raised of $50,000.00 goal goal
First Term Costs - $15000
0% Funded
4 Donors

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First Term Costs

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Raised offline: $2,780.00
Total: $2,980.00
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Hello everyone,

My name is Merna, and I am an architect from Jordan (Middle East). I am excited to announce my upcoming journey to pursue my passion in smart city applications for urban development of humans both on earth and space. I have been accepted into the Master of Science in Urban Science, Policy and Planning (MUSPP) program at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

I am honored to have been awarded a scholarship of 15000sgd towards tuition fees by the university. However, as an international student, the remaining tuition fees, cost of living, accommodation and additional expenses add up, making it difficult for me to cover the costs on my own. Therefore, I am starting this crowdfunding campaign to seek your support in achieving my dreams.

Apart from being an architect, I am also a core team member at the Jordan Space Research Initiative (JSRI), a five-woman team of all volunteers. At JSRI, I volunteer as a Stakeholder and Community Engagement Officer, where I propose and execute community engagement projects. Our space design competitions are examples of this.

Through my work with JSRI, I have been able to provide young Jordanian talents with the opportunity to pursue their passion in the space field with hands-on experience and academic, logistic, and financial support. It is unfortunate how economic-related reasons often force young talents in Jordan to give up their passions, and we aim to overcome that at JSRI by gathering the needed funds to support the participants financially and building a supportive network to provide them access to the needed knowledge and experience in the field of space research and development. Education is one of the most powerful tools for empowering individuals and communities, breaking cycles of poverty, and creating a better future for all, and I believe in the limitless power of talents when not hurdled by financial difficulties.

Watch video of the competitions below:

JSRI Spacesuit and Rover Design Competitions

Therefore, I am now seeking the same kind of support for myself to fund my aspiration to pursue this master program. Despite my efforts to find a scholarship or a grant to fund me from within Jordan by contacting the Ministry of Higher Education and the Singaporean Consulate, I have found no opportunity to support my studies in this program. I believe that this program will further enhance my knowledge and experience in smart city applications and enable me to contribute to the development of my country.

Singapore and Jordan share similarities in diverse communities and challenges of lacking resources, making Singapore the perfect model for Jordan to develop as. I also believe that incorporating technologies in the development of the urban fabric should always enhance and further support the cultural characteristics of communities to preserve its identities which I advocate for, just like what is happening in Singapore.

Through my studies in Singapore, I will establish an exchange opportunity for other Jordanians pursuing quality education disregarding any financial challenges. I will establish a network between the two countries so that it is easier for the coming students after me.

For the donors, I will send personalized thank you messages and will share my personal journey through Instagram (@merna_grad) so please make sure to follow me. I believe in the power of education to change lives, and with your support, I can pursue my dreams and make a difference in my community.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Merna Alzurikat | LinkedIn

Jordan Space Research Initiative (JSRI)


For offline donations within Jordan please use below account details:

IBAN: JO66UBSI5100000510131590520101

Cliq Alias: MERNAZ

Swift Code: UBSIJOAX

Milestones

1. First Term Costs

$200/$15,000 ongoing

Funds I need the soonest to cover the costs for the first term's (4 - 6 months) tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses.

Rewards

Personalized "Thank you!" Card.

Make sure to drop your email address before checking out. I\'ll be sending my donors Personalized "Thank You!" Cards of my own design by email. So please look forward to the reward and thank you for donating. PS.: I will show appreciation to all my donors regardless of donation amount on my personal blog on Instagram (merna_grad).

Souvenir

Make sure to drop your email and shipping address before checking out. I\'ll be sending my donors Personalized "Thank You!" Cards of my own design by email and simple souvenirs I collect personally from Jordan and Singapore to be sent to your shipping address. So please look forward to the reward and thank you for donating. PS.: I will show appreciation to all my donors regardless of donation amount on my personal blog on Instagram (merna_grad).

Acknowledgment in my Thesis/Dissertation

For this Generous amount of donation, your name will be mentioned in the acknowledgment section of my Thesis and a copy of my final Research Thesis will be sent to you. Make sure to drop your email and shipping address before checking out. I\'ll also be sending my donors Personalized "Thank You!" Cards of my own design by email and simple souvenirs I collect personally from Jordan and Singapore to be sent to your shipping address. So please look forward to the reward and thank you for donating. PS.: I will show appreciation to all my donors regardless of donation amount on my personal blog on Instagram (merna_grad).

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Donors

  • Sahba El-Shawa
  • Donated on May 10, 2023
  • Best of luck Merna! Nobody deserves this more than you. You are passionate, driven, proactive, and an amazing person to work with. It has been the biggest pleasure having you as part of the Jordan Space Research Initiative core team ❤️ I’m sure you will succeed in this program and continue to bring your knowledge and enthusiasm for supporting our country and helping build a sustainable space community in Jordan (and maybe even on the Moon? 😉) I urge more people to support you because a bright mind like yours should not miss out on these great educational opportunities simply because of financial difficulties. It’s our responsibility to make sure that motivated people like you are not limited in their growth and can continue to strive for a better world. Per aspera ad astra 🚀

$50.00
  • Roxy Williams
  • Donated on May 10, 2023
  • I’m on the other side of the world but I wish you all the best and I’m sure you’ll reach all your dreams and goals.

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 09, 2023
  • We keep you in our prayers and wish you the best of luck.

$50.00

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Donors & Comments

4 donors
  • Sahba El-Shawa
  • Donated on May 10, 2023
  • Best of luck Merna! Nobody deserves this more than you. You are passionate, driven, proactive, and an amazing person to work with. It has been the biggest pleasure having you as part of the Jordan Space Research Initiative core team ❤️ I’m sure you will succeed in this program and continue to bring your knowledge and enthusiasm for supporting our country and helping build a sustainable space community in Jordan (and maybe even on the Moon? 😉) I urge more people to support you because a bright mind like yours should not miss out on these great educational opportunities simply because of financial difficulties. It’s our responsibility to make sure that motivated people like you are not limited in their growth and can continue to strive for a better world. Per aspera ad astra 🚀

$50.00
  • Roxy Williams
  • Donated on May 10, 2023
  • I’m on the other side of the world but I wish you all the best and I’m sure you’ll reach all your dreams and goals.

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 09, 2023
  • We keep you in our prayers and wish you the best of luck.

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 06, 2023
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US$200.00
raised of $50,000.00 goal
First Term Costs - $15000
0% Funded
4 Donors

Current milestone

1/1

First Term Costs

$200/$15,000

Raised offline: $2,780.00
Total: $2,980.00

Help this ongoing fundraising campaign by making a donation and spreading the word.