The number of Saudi students who have had scholarship around the world increased from 2000 to 190,000 during King Abdullah’s scholarship program. In fact, Saudis will never forget King Abdullah because when he became a king, he started to set certain plans and goals to restructure and develop many fields of the country. One of his plans was King Abdullah’s scholarship program that provided scholarships for students from different levels. Also, KASP (King Abdullah’s scholarship program) covers the tuition fees, salary, and medical coverage. King Abdullah’s scholarship program include a lot of countries that students could choose from such as the United States, Canada, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, India, Singapore, France, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, and China. Moreover, King Abdullah’s scholarship program has improved my life because it helped me to get an education, see the world, and improve my health.
In the beginning, King Abdullah’s scholarship program helped me to get an education. This program has given me the opportunity to continue my education in Chicago. In fact, it was hard to accept the huge number of high school graduate students and the requirements of this program were not easy, but I worked hard to make my childhood dream come true although KASP requested high grades in school and on other exams. However, King Abdullah’s scholarship program inspired the students for what they were interested in. For example, students can receive salaries and choose where they want to study. Before I came Chicago I was confused about choosing a city which is a good place for study, and this program helped me to choose Chicago, so that why I’m here.
In addition, King Abdullah’s scholarship program has helped me to see the world. In fact, this program has enabled hundreds of thousands of young Saudis to travel overseas for higher education opportunities and experiences. I have discovered a new culture in Chicago. The United States has people from many different nationalities, and I have met a lot of friends from different countries and cultures. My life experience has improved because I learned many things from their cultures. For example, I have a friend from India; he told me that in his country the women usually cover the costs of marriage. In addition, the United States has a lot of holidays, so students who study here have many vacations. I traveled to four cities since I came to Chicago including Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Indiana. I have visited new places that I have never visited before such as Times Square in NY that I just saw in the movies, and Beverly Hills in LA that the most famous neighborhood in the United States.
Finally, King Abdullah’s scholarship program helped me improves my health. As I mentioned in the introduction, King Abdullah’s scholarship program covers medical coverage, so it has helped me to take care for myself. In fact, I did not have medical coverage in my country. Because of that, I did not focus on my health there. My weight has increased since I came to Chicago. I have done medical examinations each month because my insurance has covers that. Also, since I started paying attention to my health, I have avoided diseases such as stomach problems, flu, and pneumonia.
In conclusion, King Abdullah’s scholarship program aimed to improve the Saudi students’ life by improving their health, helping them to discover the world, and reducing the unemployment rate back home. In fact, King Abdullah died two years ago, so the numbers of Saudi students who have had scholarship around the world has decreased. All the Saudis loved King Abdullah because he supported education. Because he gave me this opportunity, I will study hard to graduate from a university in the United States.