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Fahiima Mohamed, Somali American, WINS the most prestigious merit-based scholarship at Appalachian State University

Fahiima Mohamed the daughter of Saida Mohamed and Ali Omar of Raleigh has been awarded the most prestigious merit-based scholarship, which provides a full-ride education at Appalachian. Fahiima Mohamed is one of six students selected out of 1,400 students.

Mohamed’s background includes work for the President of Somalia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia and the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. In 2015, she attended the United Nations General Assembly and publicly addressed the assembly as a member of the Somali delegation. Her volunteer work includes numerous mentorship activities for children in the Raleigh area, as well as community projects such as book drives, donation drives for resettled refugees and community work days. A Somali native, she is multilingual and dedicated to creating positive change in the lives of people displaced by war. Her intended major is biology.

The Wilson Scholarship was established as Appalachian’s premier scholarship in 2013 by Brad and Carole Wilson of Raleigh, who are both 1975 graduates of the university. Brad Wilson is CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Carole Wilson is a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

Dr. David Marlett, faculty director of the Wilson Scholars Program, said more than 1,400 incoming freshmen applications were reviewed for the scholarship. “The caliber of students applying for this scholarship program is outstanding,” said Marlett. “They are independent, creative and critical thinkers who are passionate about service and dedicated to understanding the world around them.”

Sources: Appalachian State University

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