Congratulations to Aghader Yassen! The high school senior, who attends Triad Math and Science Academy–TMSA Triad, a public charter school in Greensboro, has won a full scholarship to Harvard University. This impressive achievement is “a historic first for the TMSA school network,” noted a TMSA press release.
Valued at around $400,000, Aghader’s four-year scholarship covers tuition, room, and board. Aghader, who was born in Iraq and immigrated to the U.S. at age four with her family, plans to attend Harvard in the fall. Her principal, Fatih Kandil, said of Aghader, “Her hard work and commitment will be our lighthouse for all our students,” according to TMSA’s press release.
“I think it’s really important for people to push themselves, get out of their comfort zone, and take risks. The TMSA community helped me find opportunities that are allowing me to succeed in the risks I take,” Aghader said in the release.
The TMSA network operates six campuses in North Carolina, serving more than 4,000 students. Over 6,500 students are on waitlists to attend TMSA schools. Aghader’s school, Triad Math and Science Academy, is a Title I school that posted a 93.4% growth rate last year. The school is also one of the Coalition’s 84 member schools.
Watch coverage of Aghader’s achievement on local media
Aghader’s achievement was covered by local media. Watch WXII 12’s coverage below or watch an interview on WFMY News 2.