"[My] scholarship opened doors for me that I always dreamt about.... Saying thank you will not be enough to show my gratitude. [After] my family and I were forced to leave our home in Iraq..., the idea of continuing further in an excellent university like GW was not possible. Thank you for believing in me."
What does this scholarship mean to you and your education?
Acquiring more knowledge and broadening my mind are my ultimate goals in life. Finishing my university studies is part of my journey toward my ambitions, and being here at GW makes it even better! This scholarship opened doors for me that I always dreamt about, and because of that I am now perusing my degree in biomedical engineering, focusing my full attention on improving myself from all possible aspects without worrying about the burdens of tuition and loans.
How has your family and/or community influenced you and your path to GW?
I wouldn't be here today without the constant support of my family and friends. Throughout all the struggles and challenges I had to overcome to be here at GW, my family kept on pushing me forward. They encouraged me to believe in myself and seek my dreams without hesitation or fear. They taught me to embrace the unknown and have faith in my skills and abilities.
Tell us about your activities outside of class. Volunteering? Student organizations? Clubs or sports? How/why did you get involved?
I was accepted into the Women’s Leadership Program at Mount Vernon Campus, and I am part of the Science, Health, and Medicine cohort. We take classes focused on those fields, and we come together during weekly symposiums to meet and discuss with influential women in health and science professions. Because of my passion and interests in sustainability, I joined Campaign GW, and I am now a student "Eco Rep," so I help my fellow Colonials, along with other Eco Reps, to become more sustainable on campus. I am also a member in Engineering Without Borders (EWB), which helps me meet more engineers at GW.
This is your opportunity to show your appreciation for your scholarship. In your own words, how would you express your thanks to the donor who made your scholarship possible?
Saying thank you will not be enough to show my gratitude for the generous scholarship I received. Because of it, I am now able to continue my undergraduate studies, and I am on the right track again toward my future goals, after a year of not attending school. Because my family and I were forced to leave our home in Iraq, I had to continue my secondary and high school abroad. Although I succeeded throughout all the challenges that were laying ahead, the idea of continuing further in an excellent university like GW was not possible; the huge tuition and expenses are not affordable for my parents. So thank you for making this comes true! Thank you for believing in me. My family and I will always be grateful to you!