2012 Opportunity Scholars

Meet the Class of 2012 Opportunity Scholars. These twelve incoming freshmen distinguished themselves and have been selected to receive this prestigious full-tuition scholarship, valued at more than $46,000 over four years. They were selected from nearly 200 eligible, incoming students on the basis of academics, service to their community and a group interview. Learn more about them through the profiles below.

Waleed Ahmed

Frontier International Academy
Major: Biochemistry

Ismahan Ali

Universal Academy
Major: Business Administration

  • Member of SAADV (Students Against Alcohol, Drugs and Violence) and Green Buddies (Recycling)
  • Took part in organizing a Town Hall Meeting
  • Participated in a Spring Neighborhood clean-up campaign
  • Volunteered at ACCESS and JIRAN (Join In to Revitalize Arab American Neighborhoods)
  • Founder and President of High School Poetry Club
  • Participant in volleyball, basketball and track

Mohammed Alziyadi

Riverside Academy
Major: Biochemistry

Fatmeh Ankouni

Star International Academy
Major: Undecided, Pre-professional Health

  • Volunteers at his local mosque
  • Assists the elderly at home
  • Worked on food drives at Focus:HOPE
  • Volunteered at the Breast Cancer Walk and ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services)
  • Member of the Key Club
  • Took part in a project to revamp a community park

Fatima Ghanem

Star International Academy
Major: Undecided


Kamran Hussain

Fitzgerald High School
Major: Engineering

  • Volunteered at American Red Cross, Gleaners Food Bank and other worthy cause
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Tutored students in Mathematics, Science, and English
  • Volunteers at the local mosque and involved in planning/participating in school programs
  • Member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Contributed to the clean-up of Belle Isle

Sara Mehmedovic

Hamtramck High School
Major: Marketing

Angel Mendoza

Cesar Chavez Academy
Major: Psychology

  • Volunteered at ACCESS
  • Member of the FIRST Robotics Team and Student Council
  • High School Varsity Volleyball Captain

  • Volunteered and associated with LA SED (Latino Americans for Social and Economic Development
  • Member of Green Place Detroit
  • Shared in the design of a Green House with solar panels, rain barrels, and porous asphalt

Kela Morton

Renaissance High School
Major: Biological Sciences/Pre-Med

Ferdous Nipu

Cass Technical High School
Major: Biological Sciences

  • Volunteered at Project Genesis in their Summer Program
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Tutor to high school/middle school students in Mathematics and Sciences
  • Volunteers daily at local mosque
  • Previously worked at the State of Michigan Housing Development Authority
  • A wrestler and martial artist

Gamal Shohatee

Universal Academy
Major: Biological Sciences

Connor Winton

Lincoln Park High School High School
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Volunteered at Oakwood Hospital in the Operating Room
  • Member of AAYSP (The American Association of Yemeni Scientists and Professionals)
  • Plays basketball
  • Volunteered at Childers Vacation Bible School
  • Member of the Michigan Chapter of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • Assisted with the Quiz Bowl and Chemistry Club