Is there anything Amal Clooney can't do? The internationally-renowned barrister and human rights advocate has been making a name for herself long before she became Mrs. George Clooney, and now she's giving other young girls the opportunity to become just as educated and esteemed as she is. 100 Lives, a foundation that is rooted in the events of the Armenian Genocide, announced today that they are launching the Amal Clooney Scholarship, and its namesake couldn't be more pleased.
"This scholarship will give young women from Lebanon the opportunity of a lifetime," Clooney said in a statement. "Cross-cultural learning and studying abroad can be transformative. I am grateful to 100 Lives for helping to open doors for these bright and talented young women."
Each year, 100 Lives will send one female student from Lebanon to UWC Dilijan College in Armenia to enroll in a 2-year baccalaureate program. Ruben Vardanyan, co-founder of 100 Lives and UWC Dilijan College, praised Clooney's accomplishments: "As a leading human rights barrister and campaigner, Amal Clooney is an inspirational role model for young women around the world. She exemplifies integrity, compassion and dedication—and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures."
The Clooneys's philanthropic ties to 100 Lives extend far beyond this scholarship. Back in March, George announced that his foundation Not On Our Watch was partnering with 100 Lives on a new humanitarian prize called the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, which celebrates those who put themselves at risk to save others. He will present the inaugural prize on April 24, 2016 (the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocie) in Yerevan, Armenia.