The Tradition Continues
For decades, PAX has provided scholarship opportunities for impressive international teens who could otherwise not afford to follow their dreams of being an exchange student in the U.S. The recently-launched PAX Means Peace Scholars program is in keeping with these efforts and serves as an exciting boost to an already-inspiring education success story—that of our partner, Abaarso School of Science and Technology.
Located in Somaliland, Abaarso is an English-language boarding school for the brightest boys and girls from across the region. With only about 200 students from grades 7 to 12, the school routinely sends more than a dozen graduates to elite universities in the U.S. PAX is pleased to welcome Abaarso students to the family and looks forward to expanding the program in the future, especially following the success of our first student (during the 2015/16 school year), Shukri Ahmed Ali.
First Student Exceeds Expectations
Whether Shukri was volunteering with children, having her first burger, sledding with friends (snow took some getting used to), or competing in the UMass Lowell Model United Nations—she always did so with a big, bright smile, proudly representing her country and eagerly getting to know her host nation.
Since returning home this past June, we were very proud to receive an update that her hard work in the classroom had paid off, as she has been accepted to one of the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S., Wellesley College! We have every confidence that Shukri will excel during this next chapter and are pleased with the way in which she has contributed to PAX's vision of a global community of people who are open minded and appreciate cultural differences. We believe such a community is a fertile field for justice, prosperity, and peace—after all, PAX means peace.