Senior in B.A.–M.D. Program Is Named a 2011 Rhodes Scholar

Brooklyn College News Service

Brooklyn College senior Zujaja Tauqeer, who is also enrolled in the William E. Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York, has been chosen as one of 32 Americans who will represent the United States as 2011 Rhodes Scholars. The scholarship has been called the oldest and best-known award for international study and arguably the most famous academic award available to U.S. college graduates.

Tauqeer’s family fled their native Pakistan when she was in the fourth grade after they became targets of harassment under a government policy of discrimination against members of the Ahmadi sect of Islam. The family found asylum in the United States and, after living in several states, finally settled in Staten Island, N.Y. "I attended a number of public schools, and then I went to high school at Brooklyn Tech, graduating in 2007," she says.

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