Giving to the Middle East Studies Center

Thank you for your consideration of an investment in promoting scholarship and learning. The Middle East Studies Center invites anyone with an interest in Middle East Studies to support our program.

Help Celebrate 60 Years

By donating, you will help us celebrate 60 remarkable years of achievement and scholarship in Middle East Studies at PSU. The celebrations will begin fall of 2019 with events throughout the academic year and will culminate in what we hope to be a memorable celebratory event in spring of 2020. Donations will help feature speakers, panel discussions, and more! Make your gift today.


Other PSU Foundation Endowed Accounts

MESC utilizes the Portland State University Foundation for endowed accounts. Please contribute to the advancement of scholarship at PSU by giving to one of our supported accounts.

Donate to other MESC Funds

Elizabeth Ducey Endows Scholarship: Scholarships up to $500 are awarded to students seeking to improve language skills in a MENASA country.

Middle East Studies Center Endowment: A general endowment that supports the operations and work of the Middle East Studies Center.

Turkish Studies Program: Provides support for faculty travel, supplies, and additional support for clerical assistance.

Iranian/Persian Studies: Supports the development of Iranian/Persia studies at PSU including the study of the Persian language, outreach activities which educate the community about Iranian culture and art, and other academic courses of relevance.

Contemporary Arab Studies: Supports the development and operating expenses of contemporary Arab Studies at PSU, including outreach, events, academic courses, and other educational activities.

John Damis Middle East Studies Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $1,000 granted by the Middle East Studies Center for undergraduate or graduate students of PSU International Studies and Political Science majors with Middle East focus

Patricia and Gary Leiser Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $1,000 granted by the Middle East Studies Center for the study of Middle Eastern languages. 


Thank you for your consideration of an investment in Portland State University. Donations to the Middle East Studies Center at Portland State are tax deductible and can support the development of an endowment. Please note that all gifts and pledges are payable over 3-5 years.

We also welcome the opportunity to meet with potential donors to discuss mutual interests. Please contact the Middle East Studies Center: