Congratulations to Qiamuddin (Qiam) Amiry and John Campbell who have been selected as Echoing Green Fellowship finalists for their work with the nonprofit Afghan Scholars Initiative. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan Qiam attended Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong on scholarship. He is a graduate of Colby College and a current master’s student at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. John Campbell recently left his tech job to dedicate himself more fully to the organization, and is a key part of the organization’s recent growth.
Afghan Scholars Initiative identifies and then pairs exceptional young Afghans with American mentors who remotely guide the students through a six month online training course. The course is designed to prepare the students for success at the United States’ top secondary schools. When the students complete the Tutorial Program, they are placed with boarding and day schools in the United States and India that have partnerships with the Afghan Scholars Initiative. The organization provides the students with support services, such as a network of fellow Afghan scholars.
In the summer of 2008 a member of the Afghan Scholars Initiative team, Juliana Montgomery, traveled to Kabul, where she created this documentary about two of the organization’s Scholars studying at her high school alma mater, Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. According to the Afghan Scholars Initiative blog, as of last September the organization had seven Scholars in schools ranging from Oregon to New England, and India.
We wish them the best as they continue to compete for an Echoing Green Fellowship. To make a tax-deductible donation to Afghan Scholars Initiative or to join the mailing list visit the organization’s website.
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