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Sarah Ahmed, Student

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I often joke that HCC became my second home. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
The first in her family to navigate the American education system, recent graduate Sarah found a home at Howard Community College.

She moved to the United States from Pakistan at age nine, and excelled as a student in high school and again in college. In May, she graduated as a proud member of HCC’s Rouse Scholars honors program, with a 4.0 grade point average, and was chosen as the Commencement ceremony’s student speaker.

“During my time at HCC, the faculty, staff, and students created the most supportive and engaging academic and social environment I have ever been in,” she said. “I often joke that HCC became my second home. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”

Sarah was also a recipient of the Evelyn and J.P. Bolduc Scholarship, the Rouse Scholars Scholarship, the HCC Educational Foundation Directors’ Endowment, and the District 13 Delegate Atterbeary/Frank Turner Scholarship.

“The scholarships I received meant the world to me,” she said. “I truly would not have been able to afford college were it not for these scholarships. As a first generation Pakistani-American woman, I realize that not all people in my position have the same opportunities. These scholarships encourage me to work harder to empower not only myself, but other people in my position and allow them to have the same incredible opportunities as I have had in my life.”

Sarah has transferred to the University of Maryland College Park, where she received a full tuition scholarship. She is studying international relations with a concentration in the Middle East. She also hopes to study abroad, with a long-term career goal of working for the United Nations or a similar global organization.

Sarah was recently featured in The Baltimore Sun. For more:

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