Near East South Asia - Council of Overseas Schools

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are proud to announce the recipients of the
Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Award for 2021-2022.


American School of Dubai, UAE
LYLA RAJDA, 6th Grade
The American Int'l School of Muscat, Oman
(Lyla with Director Kevin Schafer and MS Principal Peter Lee)


American International School - Riyadh
(Ahmed with MS Counselor Dr Vero Mathy)
American Community School Beirut

In the spirit of Dr Stanley Haas, the late executive director of NESA, and of Luke Hansen, a remarkable NESA school student who died in an accident, this award recognizes middle school students (Grades 6-8) at NESA member schools who model the character traits we value most in our students: consistency, persistence, a willingness to take risks, acceptance of other cultures/points of view and a genuine interest in and commitment to the welfare of others. The award is not meant to recognize academic, athletic or artistic talent or achievement, though nominees may well excel in one or more of these areas.

Applications were received from an outstanding pool of candidates from the NESA region. After much deliberation, the NESA Selection Committee chose to recognize four students who embody the spirit of helping others that the Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Award has come to represent. Each of these students has been awarded a grant of $1,000.

Thank you to TieCare International for its continuing support of the Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Award, and to the NESA Selection Committee for its work.

Congratulations to these outstanding students!



A Note About Lyla Rajda from TAISM-Muscat...

Lyla used the $1000 Haas/Hansen award money to solicit matching and other donations which ended up equalling $4000. She had researched schools that serviced students in Muscat with special needs and found the Oman Centre for Special Needs. On January 27, 2022, she delivered a $4000 donation check to the Centre and toured and visited with the students. Lyla is a remarkable young person who truly embodies the spirit of the Haas/Hansen Award!

Lyla Rajda presents the $4,000 donation to representatives of the Oman Centre for Special Needs in Muscat.

The Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) manages the application process and annual funds disbursement for the Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Award in partnership with TieCare International, and in accordance with all requirements as outlined in the application. The Haas/Hansen itself is fiscally supported by TieCare, with the number and size of annual scholarships determined by TieCare.