Middlebury, Vt—Middlebury College junior Rana Abdelhamid (Flushing, NY) has been selected for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which provide academic and professional preparation for candidates seeking careers in foreign service. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate study, in addition to leadership training, specialized counseling, and internship opportunities with the federal government. Abdehlamid is one of 59 undergraduates nationwide to receive the scholarship.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh '11 (Kabul, Afghanistan) was recently named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. While at Middlebury, Shabana co-founded the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), which aims to give young Afghans access to quality education abroad and jobs back home. Since its founding in 2008, SOLA has helped 40 students get scholarships to boarding schools and universities in five different countries, with a total scholarship aid amounting to $7.7 million.
Both Shabana and Rana were recipients of research grants through the Rohatyn Center. Rana received a Mellon Foundation research grant to support her research abroad on mobilization in immigrant communities. Shabana was a recipient of an RCGA research grant to fund a research project in her home country of Afghanistan.