Ayman Hamdeh Scholarship Recipients

Dania Niwash is an active member of the community and has been awarded the Ayman Hamdeh Scholarship for 2017 for her involvement in the Arab American community. She is a student in the Physician Assistant program at Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences. She is in her clinical phase and looks forward to graduating in May 2019. She is currently collaborating with the National Arab American Medical Association to establish a NJ chapter for the young medical professionals in NJ. Dania has tutored sciences and math at the PACC center. She is present at many of the PACC events and has recently joined the event committee. She is also a former member of the ICPC Girls youth committee in which she served for 3 years.


Diane Issa is the first face you’ll see walking into the Palestinian American Community Center and the last face you’ll see walking out. She is the epitome of a devoted community member in the Arab community and is outstandingly motivated when working in the cause of her very own Palestinian community in northern New Jersey. Her history and hard work earned her an offer as the administrative assistant at the PACC. She served as SJP president and was a prime member of the Student Government Association allocations board. Currently a William Paterson University alumni with a BA in Sociology, Diane is en route to continuing her education with a masters in Counseling to continue to make helping people a life goal.



Halla Yousef is currently enrolled in one of New Jerseys top well-known Nursing Programs at Passaic County Community College. Hala intends on pursuing a Masters Degree in nursing allowing her more future opportunities. Halla’s involvement with the Palestinian American Community Center began with tutoring students in all subjects, slowly working towards being a bigger part of PACC. Being born and raised in New Jersey, Halla keeps a close connection with the Palestinian Community around her and lose touch with her Palestinian roots.

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