Here's a really inspiring story for you this Wednesday afternoon. A Syrian student of the Royal College of Surgeons has been named as the inaugual winner of a bursary named in honor of an Irish Nobel Prize winner.
Suaad Alshleh was today named the first winner of the William Campbell bursary. Alshleh and her family arrived in Ireland fleeing the civil war in Syria, and spent time in a direct provision centre in Monaghan.
In light of everything that's happened in recent weeks, this is a great story.
Syrian Suaad Alshleh awarded William Campbell bursary at Royal College of Surgeons.
She spent over a year in direct provision with her parents in Monaghan before sitting the Leaving Cert. pic.twitter.com/Llmrz9DY6O
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The Campbell bursary was created to help disadvantaged/DEIS backgrounds the opportunity to pursue third level education.
“As the first recipient of this award, I can only dream to, one day, have as far-reaching an influence on the world as Professor Campbell has had," Suaad said.
“And as a Syrian refugee, I‘m incredibly grateful for the Irish community as a whole for embracing me as one of their own and supporting and encouraging me, through initiatives like this, to realise my dream of studying medicine.”
Well done to Suaad and best of luck with her career in medicine.