Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thanks to our amazing community, we have a great reason to celebrate. Last Tuesday’s Changemakers Celebration raised $42,845 to support OneWorld Now! students.
Just shy of our goal of $45,000, we’re not ready to close the books on this event just yet. We know we can get there with your support. Any donation made between now and Friday, October 10, will be counted towards our goal of $45,000. Donate today!
Your support will help change the lives of young people like OWN alumna Fatuma Mahmud, who shared her story with us on Tuesday night.
In 2012, Fatuma was awarded an OWN scholarship to travel to Morocco, and the experience fueled her passion for the Arabic language and international studies. After completing both levels of Arabic offered through OWN, Fatuma continued to pursue her interest in critical languages by studying Mandarin Chinese. She excelled at Chinese, and OWN was able to send her on another life-changing experience abroad, this time in China. Her commitment to learning Chinese led her to be selected as a 100,000 Strong Student Ambassador to promote citizen diplomacy among young people in China and the U.S. When Fatuma was recently faced with the tough choice of accepting a space at the University of Washington or accepting a full scholarship from the U.S. State Department spend the next school year studying in Morocco, she turned to the OWN staff for advice and was told she could have both. A few phone calls later on the part of the staff, Fatuma received a personal call from the UW Dean of Admissions granting her a deferred admission so that she could pursue her studies in Morocco. When she returns, she will enter UW as the first member of her family to attend a four-year college.
The lessons Fatuma learned at OneWorld Now! went beyond Arabic, Chinese, and leadership – she learned about possibility. Like we tell all our students, there is always a way, and if you envision the opportunity, anything is possible. Thank you for your support and the message it sends to our current students and future generations of global leaders.
Jennifer Tanaka, Executive Director