AST's Head Office is in Vancouver, Canada

Quest University, Squamish, BC in winter

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

University of Quebec in Montreal

Antiochia Scholarships Trust

 Frequently Asked Questions

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"A tree starts with a seed" - Arab proverb


"Making A Difference One Student At A Time"


To provide higher education opportunities in Canada and other developed countries to highly qualified and motivated students from the Greater Middle East.


To secure tuition-free scholarships from partner universities, primarily in Canada, and raise funds for students’ living and other expenses from private corporations and individual donors.


“Pay It Forward” Scholarship Campaign seeks corporate and individual donations.


November 2013 – Vancouver, Canada

Founder and Chair

Alex Olteanu, British-Canadian Social entrepreneur and academic


6236 Service Street, Burnaby, BC, V5H 1V8 Canada

Current scholars

6 candidates from Iraq, Lebanon and Syria (to begin studies in 2015)


  • Full individual scholarships up to $100,000 CDN per person
  • All-volunteer staff at present

Legal Status

  • Federal Canadian not-for-profit organisation
    • click here for pdf version of AST Certificate and Articles of Incorporation, and List of Directors;
    • click here for pdf version of AST Constitution & Objectives
    • click here for pdf version of AST By-laws
  • Application for US 501(c) status pending
  • Applying for Canadian tax-free status in future


  • Interactive website fully operational
  • Accepting and issuing receipts for donations in cash, by cheque, or by credit card: To find out more, please click here .
  • Commitments for first 10 students' travel and living expenses
  • First 3 students accepted at Canadian post-secondary institutions at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Advisory Board in place (members in Canada, USA, EU, the Middle East; senior officer of Vancity, key financial partner, to join in near future)
  • Accepting new student applications starting September 2014
  • Initiating contacts with potential partner universities and Canadian financial institutions
  • First “Pay It Forward” fundraising campaign begins in September 2014
  • Planned press conferences in Vancouver and Toronto, television appearances on BC's Multicultural Channel and on CBC


Alex Olteanu, AST Chair