Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year old clock-making teenager from Texas, United States, is the latest student to accept a scholarship to Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).
Ahmed and his family were invited to visit Qatar Foundation earlier this month in recognition of Ahmed’s creative capabilities that have earned him invitations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and more recently, the White House, where he met US President Obama at the ‘White House Astronomy Night’.
Ahmed is the latest recipient of a scholarship from the Young Innovators Program which supports young, exceptional Arabs by offering educational opportunities in Qatar. The Program encourages recipients to follow their aspirations in education while fostering a culture of innovation and creativity.
Qatar Foundation’s unique education cycle aims to provide world-class education from pre-primary to doctorate level. Currently, there are over 6,000 students enrolled across QF schools, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and QF’s partner-universities including, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar and UCL Qatar.
Ahmed is not the first young innovator to be impressed with QF as previous young talents have gone on to flourish after studying through QF’s education cycle. Palestinian Iqbal Al Assaad became the youngest ever medical graduate from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in 2013, and Sudanese Mursi Khalid Mursi Saleh began studying at Qatar Academy in 2006 and is the first child from the Middle East to become a member of Mensa – the most prestigious IQ society in the world. Another young innovator is Raji Al Hammori who studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and is currently pursuing graduate studies at MIT.
After accepting Qatar Foundation’s scholarship, Ahmed said, “I was really impressed with everything that Qatar Foundation has to offer and the campuses are really cool. I got to meet other kids who are also really interested in science and technology. I think I will learn a lot and also have lots of fun there.”
As an incubator of knowledge and talent, QF values its multiculturalism, diversity and non-discriminatory atmosphere, and is happy to welcome Ahmed to the Young Innovators Program. QF is glad to welcome the family to Doha and provide Ahmed with the opportunity to develop his skills and excel in future endeavours.
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