The award application told a compelling story in just a few sentences.
“My name is Fardowsa Ibrahim, 22 years old and a fourth-year medical laboratory sciences major at the University of Vermont. I identify as a first-generation college student and as a black, Muslim woman who wears a hijab. I was born in Kenya and my parents are from Somalia. I got married at 18 years old. I am a wife, full time student, and mother. My parents came here because of war and wanted to give my siblings and me an opportunity to receive an education in a safe environment.”