In order to ensure that Albanian students with outstanding potential can have access to an American-style liberal arts education, the AADF created a program that grants scholarships to the American University of Bulgaria (AUBG) based on merit and financial need. AUBG emphasizes a liberal arts education centered on the intellectual engagement between faculty and students in and out of the classroom. It is an increasingly diverse and international institution, which now attracts students from over 40 countries and has achieved remarkable success by becoming an academic leader in Bulgaria and throughout the region. The scholarship program which first began operating in 2012 is offered to 5 students every year for eight semesters. All interested students should apply directly to AUBG.