Worcester Academy alum Deqa Aden named as Obama Foundation Scholar

When Deqa Aden arrived as an exchange student at Worcester Academy from her native Somaliland, she found a space where she could reach her fullest potential.

The experiences and educational opportunities she was exposed to in Worcester, as well as her childhood in Somaliland, have helped her throughout her career. 

Today, she is one of 25 people from around the world to have been named a 2022 Obama Foundation Scholar. The program gives, “rising leaders from the United States and around the world who are already making a difference in their communities the opportunity to take their work to the next level through an immersive curriculum that brings together academic, skills-based, and hands-on learning,” according to the foundation website. 

“I just actually finished, this past weekend, my first page of the orientation where we met scholars from the University of Chicago, but also from Columbia University,” Aden said. “It was an inspiring space to meet people who are like-minded; have the same mentality of giving back to their communities, despite the costs, despite the sacrifice.”

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