Gabriel Asfar Scholarship Announcement: Asfar's Response

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Gabriel AsfarProfessor Asfar, moved by the announcement, responded with a heartfelt message:

I am grateful for Provost Peter Laipson's announcement of this honor, and for the generosity with which it has been bestowed. I am confident that deserving recipients will be the beneficiaries of this scholarship, students who will embody, as so many have done in our short history, what is best about a school I have loved for a long, long time.

Thanks and best wishes,


Read the full text of the announcement below:

From: Peter Laipson

Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 9:04 PM

Subject: Scholarship in honor of Gabriel Asfar

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the creation of an annual scholarship honoring Professor Gabriel Asfar. Gabriel has had a profound effect on thousands of Simon’s Rock students during his nearly 29 years at Simon’s Rock. As a member of the faculty and an accomplished scholar and instructor of both French and Arabic language and culture, Gabriel is widely admired for his knowledge and his pedagogical prowess. As a member of the residence life staff, Gabriel has helped generations of students learn what it means to be a responsible and contributing member of a community through his service as a residence director in Dolliver, an advisor to a variety of student groups, and a mentor to international students.

Both within and beyond his formal roles as professor and residence director, Gabriel has shaped this campus and the lives of young people through his deep affection for students, his keen wit, and his abundant wisdom. I would add that at critical moments in the college’s history, he has without hesitation gone beyond the call of duty.

The recipient of the Gabriel V. Asfar Scholarship will be an international student or one who has been raised in a culturally and linguistically diverse home; have significant merit as well as need, with merit being the primary consideration, and need being an important secondary consideration; and show strong evidence of volunteerism and civic engagement. All other things being equal, students who have made significant contributions to residence life and student affairs will be given priority.

Gabriel’s thoughtfulness, wisdom, and enduring commitment to the Simon’s Rock mission make him an ideal recipient of this honor, and I hope you’ll join me in congratulating him for it.




Peter Laipson
Provost and Vice President
Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413 528-7239