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Meet Ali

School: Omaha Benson High School Magnet

Ali is the embodiment of perseverance. As a child in Sudan, Ali was surrounded by devastated villages, violence, and air strikes. His town was attacked by the Sudanese government and militiamen when he was just five years old. His family fled to the mountains and continued to Nigeria where they sought safety. Ali’s parents knew the importance of education and enrolled him in school, where he walked miles every day to attend.

At the age of 11, Ali and his family arrived in the States and resettled in Omaha. “Adapting and getting into a new culture, as well as learning a new language were the hardest for me,” said Ali. While Ali learned English in Nigeria, he still struggled with a language barrier due to his accent. Despite these obstacles, Ali learned to adapt and worked to overcome his odds by reading books, teaching his family, and immersing himself in school activities.

Today, Ali’s strong desire and determination have made a four-year education a reality. Ali was awarded the Dell Foundation Scholarship, CACE Scholarship, and the Ricki Getzschman Scholarship. He will be attending Carleton College this fall where he will pursue a degree in pre-medicine. “I’m proud of getting an education. It’s going to change my life.”

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