RIYADH: High-performing students from the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia have been honored for their achievements on a scholarship program run as part of the NEOM megacity project in the Kingdom’s northwest.
Awards were presented at a special event held in the American city of Chicago.
Led by NEOM CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr, the occasion celebrated the educational achievements of 130 participants from NEOM’s 2023 Scholarship Program.
The scheme provides sponsorship for Tabuk students to pursue tertiary studies abroad, as well as gain work experience.
A total of 118 students from the 2023 cohort attended the Chicago event, and 49 were honored for their academic excellence or innovative contributions.
Following on from last year’s gathering in Washington, DC, the Chicago event featured three presentations by students about key NEOM projects Trojena, Oxagon, and ENOWA.
Among those attending the event were Prof. Andreas Cangellaris, founding president of NEOM University, Dr. Mahmoud Alyamany, head of health and well-being, and Nada Alshaibani, head of the NEOM Digital Media Academy.
Al-Nasr said: “This event celebrates the remarkable achievements of our scholarship recipients. NEOM takes great pride in being a catalyst for these bright, young minds by fostering academic excellence and vital community involvement.
“In addition to their studies, the students take part in field trips and internships at NEOM, offering them invaluable practical exposure to our diverse sectors and operations.
“We aim to cultivate a generation that not only excels in their respective fields but actively contributes to Saudi Vision 2030 – building a dynamic society, fueling economic prosperity, and shaping an ambitious nation.”
The NEOM scholarship initiative targets Saudi students and high-achieving school leavers. Since its inception in 2019, the program has supported 740 undergraduate students and recent graduates.
Students enrolled on the program study at top institutions in Saudi Arabia, the UK, and the US.
Upon completion of their studies, the scholarship recipients are offered positions within NEOM sectors, their knowledge and skills aligned with the expertise required for its future development.