Apr 05, 2017 08:43 AM EDT
What matters to you and why? This was the question Ziad Ahmed answered beautifully in his Stanford University application. In it, he repeatedly wrote #BlackLivesMatter over a hundred times.
However, Stanford University does not simply let students get into its program because of a trending hashtag. Ahmed, unknown for many, has a long list of achievements in his resume. For one thing, the Bangladeshi-American teenager already served in the Martin O'Malley campaign in the 2016 presidential elections. He has also joined the Hillary Clinton camp as a volunteer under the Muslim outreach department.
Ahmed was later acknowledged by President Barack Obama at a dinner for Muslim Americans, USA Today reported. On the other hand, Ahmed is the founder of Redefy, an organization pushing for equality. He built the group when he was just a freshman high school in Princeton.
Currently, Redefy has more than 200 strong members. Various reports claim too that Ahmed earlier organized a "conference at Princeton University to discuss social issues from 12 prominent activists." In fact, he was labeled as a world-changing teen during the 2015 MTV News.
Thus, Stanford highlighted Ahmed's "passion, determination, accomplishments, and heart" in his acceptance letter. He has less than a month, particularly due on May 1, to decide whether he wants to pursue Stanford or not. Well, the prodigy also got accepted at Yale University and, of course, at Princeton.
Meanwhile, the World Socialist Website reported that the Ford Foundation announced that it is planning to channel $100 million to the Black Lives Movement (BLM). It will complete the grant in the next six years. BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors said they will be partnering with the Fortune 500 New York ad agency J. Walter Thompson (JWT) to create "the biggest and most easily accessible black business database in the country." BLM is now within the league of HSBC Bank, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft.
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