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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Apr 6, 2006    #072
Contact: Michelle Hopkins
816-235-1592

Sadia Aslam of Kansas City named Trustees' Scholar at UMKC, earning full, four-year scholarship

Sadia Aslam, a senior at The Barstow School in Kansas City, will receive more than $60,000 in scholarship/corporate sponsorships over four years as Trustees’ Scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, beginning in the fall 2006 semester.

Each year, UMKC names ten academically gifted and accomplished entering freshmen as Trustees’ Scholars. The UMKC Board of Trustees created the scholarship program to support the University in attracting the best and the brightest students to the campus.

Each Trustees’ Scholar receives an aid package valued at more than $60,000 over four years. For the first two years, the package covers educational fees, room & board and books. In the third and fourth years, the package provides educational fees, $2,000 for room & board, and books, as well as an internship opportunity with a corporate sponsor. This opportunity has an estimated value of another $6,800 per year.

To qualify for the Trustees’ Scholars Program, students must meet at least two of the following three criteria: a minimum ACT Composite score of 30; rank in the top 5 percent of the graduating class; or a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or more in a 17-class core curriculum. Trustees’ Scholars must enroll fulltime, be seeking an undergraduate degree and commit to living on campus for the first two years.

Aslam is an exceptional student with impressive academic achievements, student leadership and community service. She has a deep love for history and the social sciences. At UMKC, she plans to double-major in history and chemistry and then pursue a master’s degree in a specific historical aspect, such as religious history.

Her ultimate career goal is to teach, a desire that was fueled first in childhood (she playacted as teacher to her three younger sisters and one brother) and again following her sophomore year when she worked as a teacher’s assistant at a summer camp sponsored by The Barstow School. Since then, she has tutored in the A+ Program at Santa Fe Elementary and assisted during two more Barstow summer camps. Through peer tutoring at Barstow, she has assisted elementary and middle school students with math and reading.

“I continue to tutor and work for Barstow today and have realized that my calling is teaching,” she said.

Although Aslam was born in Kansas City, her family, immigrants from Pakistan, spoke only their native Urdu at home. During elementary school, she learned English by observing. A Barstow honors English teacher lauds her exemplary intelligence, intellectual motivation, maturity, strength of character and superb leadership, all of which, he says, make her a student of unparalleled qualifications in Barstow’s senior class.

Aslam has taken a full range of honors courses and advanced placement courses in English, Calculus, history, biology, French and French literature. She was inducted into the Cum Laude Society, a prestigious selection afforded to only about one-tenth of the junior class.

She also was honored with the Harvard Book Prize, given to the junior who combines excellence in scholarship with achievement in other fields. Additionally, she received the Princeton Book Award, given to a sophomore who has contributed the most to the life of the school through leadership and good citizenship, while maintaining high scholastic achievement.

Aslam has been twice honored for outstanding community service (the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the President’s Student Service Award). In addition to tutoring, her volunteer service included starting a program for high school students to visit residents of the Grandview Manor Nursing Home. As vice president and executive board member of Barstow’s Service Learning Club, she has overseen United Way campaigns, work with the Humane Society and an International Disaster Relief fund and assists with a continuous supply drive for an Afghan school adopted by Barstow. She has also spearheaded a recycling drive.

Her involvement at Barstow also shows through a variety of extracurricular activities, including serving as class president in her sophomore and senior years and student council secretary for one year. Throughout high school, she has devoted countless hours of preparation for participation in local and national tournaments in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and serves as treasurer and board member for Barstow’s chapter of the National Forensics League. Her expertise as a persuasive speaker and her contribution to the school’s forensics team culminated in another prize, the Wenny Jean Debate Award.

Sadia and her parents, Mohammad Aslam Qadir and Aqeela Aslam, along with other 2006-2007 Trustees Scholars and their parents, are invited to a reception in Kansas City April 28 to honor new and graduating UMKC Trustees’ Scholars.

For more information about the UMKC Trustees’ Scholars Program for the 2007-2008 academic year or an application, please contact Richie Bigham, assistant director of admissions, (816) 235-6138.

 

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