The Balkhi Foundation is proud to announce the winners of its 2020 Higher Education Scholarship.

Each of the ten outstanding students chosen as a 2020 scholar have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, dedication to their school and community at large, and an unrelenting drive for success. The students in this list are all highly recommended by their teachers and each has displayed a commitment to academic excellence. Each student will receive a $1000 scholarship to the university of their choice for the 2020-2021 school year.

Aisha Chebbi
Princeton University

Aisha Chebbi will be attending Princeton University following her graduation from Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami, Florida. Aisha graduated in the top ten percent of her class in the International Baccalaureate Academy. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National German Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and has dedicated over 1,000 hours of her time to community service. Aisha has also served her high school as Senior Class President. Aisha’s undergraduate career will focus on Anthropology while preparing herself for medical school. Aisha’s ultimate goal is to be a physician and researcher focusing on global health and the impact of the sociocultural environment on health.

Ansley Elkins
The College of Charleston

Ansley Elkins is currently attending College of Charleston’s Honors College following her graduation from South Carolina’s Governor’s Schools for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, South Carolina. During High School, Ansley created a Reading Buddies program for local children and completed research in celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Ansley is currently majoring in Biology with the eventual goal of attending medical school. Her ultimate goal is to become an OBGYN and advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights.

What Ansley has to say about being a Balkhi Foundation Scholar: “I am so grateful to have received the Balkhi Foundation Scholarship, which has allowed me to further my education and pursue my biggest dreams.”

Anyi Li
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Anyi Li will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill following her graduation from Norfolk Christian High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Anyi graduates with placement on Director List and as Treasurer of the National Honor Society and founder of International Club. During her time in high school, Anyi was organizer of International Weeks and International Festival, and a member of the Student Council Association, Honor Council, Academic Ambassador Club, National Art Honor Society and National Computer Science Society. Outside of school, she is a self-published novelist. Anyi will major in Economics and minor in Political Science and Statistic Analysis and take the pre-law track. Anyi’s ultimate goal is to become an international attorney and novelist who dedicates her life to women’s empowerment movement.

Daniel Simone
Princeton University

Daniel Simone is currently attending Princeton University following his graduation from Miami Beach Senior High School. Daniel graduated high school Summa Cum Laude with an IB Diploma. Daniel is currently majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a certificate in Sustainable Energy. His ultimate goal is to become Director of Research and Development for a large technology manufacturing firm in the computer processing or solar power industry. At Princeton, Daniel is a member of the Princeton Racing Electric (PRE) club, where he is part of the Grounded Low Voltage and Business Subteams. In Summer 2024, Daniel will take part in research on perovskite LEDs.

What Daniel has to say about being a Balkhi Foundation Scholar: “I am very thankful to the Balkhi Foundation for helping me chase my dreams! Without the scholarship, I doubt that I could have been able to afford life on campus without a job or participate in exciting extracurricular activities!”

Dat "David" Ho
Texas A & M University

David Ho will be attending Texas A & M University following his graduation from Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas. David graduated Magna Cum Laude as a member of the National Honor Society. David was active in both Robotics and his high school’s chapter of NASA’s High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. David was selected as a finalist in the 2020 NASA HUNCH program – a lunar supply pod design competition. David’s undergraduate career will focus on Physics and Mechanical Engineering with the ultimate goal of creating novel technology that improves the world.

David De Souza
Pomona College

David De Souza is currently attending Pomona College following his graduation from Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George Community College in Largo, Maryland. David graduated in the top 10% of his high school with both a high school diploma and associates degree. David has mastered seven languages including French, English, Spanish, Mandarin, Fon, Aja, and Ewe. David is currently majoring in Mathematics with the ultimate goal of facilitating success for small businesses in underrepresented communities.

What David says about being a Balkhi Foundation Scholar: “I am incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunity that the Balkhi foundation has provided me with. The money from the scholarship helped me be able to afford my books. Thank you so much!”

Erick Rocher
Johns Hopkins University

Erick Rocher is currently attending Johns Hopkins University following his graduation from Freedom High School in Orlando, Florida. While in high school, Erick was honored as a four-time All-County Band Trombonist and was a member of Project Lead the Way, National Honor Society, Aspire to Excellence Program, and Monticello Academy. Erick is an accomplished competitive wrestler and has continued his wrestling career as a Johns Hopkins Blue Jay. Erick is majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a focus in Immunoengineering on the pre-med track with the ultimate goal of designing innovative biomedical solutions to chronic health problems and pandemics.

What Erick has to say about being a Balkhi Foundation Scholar: “I am truly grateful to the Balkhi Foundation for supporting me on my journey to college graduation and a career in biomedical research. The Balkhi Foundation is helping me to make my dream of saving lives a reality.”

Nada Maher
Florida Atlantic University

Nada Maher is currently attending Florida Atlantic University following her graduation from Palm Beach Lakes High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated high school with Merit Designation ranked 8th in her class. Nada served as a member of National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society in high school as well as serving as President of her high school’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Treasurer of Jobs for Florida Graduates in high school. Nada is currently majoring in Biology with the aim of attending Medical school with an interest in pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, and other medical careers along with a developing passion for science and research.

What Nada has to say about being a Balkhi Foundation Scholar: “The Balkhi foundation is an amazing scholarship group that really sets their passion in aiding students who do not have all the resources to succeed in college.”

Regina Garcia
University of California - Davis

Regina Garcia will be attending the University of California – Davis following her graduation from Highlands High School in North Highlands, California. Regina will graduate as first in her class of 137 students as an AP Scholar with Distinction. In high school, Regina was active in three varsity level sports and she carries this passion for sport with her to university. Regina will major in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior with an ultimate goal of attending medical school to become a sports medicine physician. An accomplished athlete, Regina hopes to facilitate top athletic performance while improving access to health care for underserved communities.

Sade McIntosh
Carnegie Mellon University

Sade McIntosh is currently attending Carnegie Mellon University following her graduation from Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn, NY. Sade graduated with Advanced Regents and AP Capstone diplomas ranked fourth in her high school class. In addition, Sade graduated Summa Cum Laude from The City University of New York – Medgar Evers College with an associates degree in Biology. Sade is currently majoring in International Relations and Politics with a minor in Cybersecurity. Her ultimate goal is to become a peaceful advocate for change in developing countries by challenging systematic injustice and making technology, healthcare, and education more accessible and equitable.

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