Angelia Mahfouz-Berryman Smith: This is my last effort. I have written a letter to the King and mailed it but have not heard anything. I would love for the King to read or at least be aware of my letter. Please help me get this letter to the correct people.
- King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
- The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques
- Office of His Majesty the King Royal Court
- Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 11165
- Your Majesty,
I am an American mother of Syrian descent. I have been blessed to teach school for forty years. In the last three years, several young Saudi students have lived in our home who are enrolled in either the local university or at the English language school. I have one young man, Akram Abdulkarim Massad, five years. D. No. 1062692163 who has been with us for an extended period whom we have taken in as our honorary son. Our family sees this young man as a part of our family. Our five-year-old grandchildren call him Uncle Akram and he teaches them the Arabic language, and they help him with English. He has also been a role model for Saudi culture and for Islam.
I would like to ask you to intercede on this man’s behalf regarding his education and the receipt of an SACM scholarship. He has been in the United States for eight months except for one month in which he attended the meeting in Saudi Arabia for students to receive scholarships in the United States. At that time, he was assured of a scholarship but it has not been forthcoming. He has been back in Foreign Language School since January. This young man’s father was killed in a car accident when he was very young and his mother died several years later. He was raised by an older sister and has worked since he was young to help provide for himself and his remaining family.
Akram lost one eye when he was in school in Saudi Arabia. Although it is a disability, he has learned to compensate. At this point, he has spent all his saved money, even though he resides with us at no charge. He has spent his funds to attend school and still after this period does not have his scholarship. He has been accepted to Volunteer State Community College which is close to our home and we are willing to help him with study and incidental educational needs but we are unable to pay tuition and insurance fees.
He was supposed to begin his college studies on May 30; (he is now to begin in August) however, as he has not heard anything from SACM, he will have to delay this date until he has his scholarship. I wish to plead with you on Akram’s behalf, as a loving mother in place of his deceased mother, to expedite his scholarship so that he may continue his education and in the future return to his homeland to be a productive Saudi citizen, leader, and role model. We invite you to visit our modest home at any time and be our welcomed guest. Sincerely,
- Angelia Mahfouz-Berryman Smith, Mother
- 503 N. Jefferson Avenue
- Cookeville, Tn. 38501