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Scholarships help Ahmad Yassine experience college life to the fullest

Ahmad Yassine is following in the footsteps of several family members who graduated from Wichita State. With the help of several scholarships, he hopes to graduate next December with a degree in biology.
Ahmad Yassine is following in the footsteps of several family members who graduated from Wichita State. With the help of several scholarships, he hopes to graduate next December with a degree in biology.

There was never much doubt in Ahmad Yassine’s mind that he would attend college at Wichita State University.

His father graduated from Wichita State. His mother got a master’s degree here. His older brother earned a bachelor’s degree from WSU in 2013 and his older sister is pursuing her degree here, too.

“I figured it’s close to home, I could be near my family, and with scholarships, it would be affordable,” says Yassine. “Since I had a brother and sister who were also in college when I started, affordability was important.”

With a grade point average of 3.7 and a determination to excel, Yassine has made himself a deserving candidate for scholarship aid. He is receiving awards from the George and Jim Farha Pre-Med Student Endowed Scholarship, the James P. Harris and Patricia Wyatt-Harris Endowed Scholarship and the Opal Jean and Keith Gaines Endowed Scholarship.

“The scholarships I receive make it possible for me to spend more time on my classes, since I don’t have to hold down a job,” Yassine says. “I help out at my dad’s restaurant, so he’s able to help pay for part of my college since he doesn’t have to pay an employee.”

Now about to enter his senior year, Yassine, 21, has made the most of his time at Wichita State. Affordability may have been one of the reasons he decided to attend WSU, but once enrolled, he found no shortage of ways to immerse himself in the college experience.

He has been in the university’s Honors Program since his freshman year and helped develop WSU’s new Honors College by sitting on its advisory board and now serving on the Honors College Student Council. He is a member of the Student Ambassador’s Society, a group of outstanding students who help WSU’s Admissions Office recruit high school and community college students. He participates in a new organization called C-Phi-A, which works to help prevent sexual assaults.

And he spent one year performing with the WSU spirit squad. On top of his WSU-related activities, he also volunteers a few hours each week in the emergency room of Via Christi Health. He works for tips at College Hill Deli, the restaurant owned by his father, Ali Yassine.

“I’ve learned to manage my time well,” Yassine says with a laugh. “I was determined to be involved in college. I didn’t see any sense in just staying at home when I could be doing something a lot more important or interesting.”

A biology major who is pursuing minors in chemistry and psychology, Yassine expects to graduate in December 2015 and eventually to go to medical school. His mother, Charla, a nurse practitioner, inspired his interest in medicine. One of his former jobs as a swimming instructor proved to him that he enjoys helping children, so he can see himself becoming a family practice physician or a pediatrician someday.

 

circle arrow If you would like to help WSU students succeed through scholarships, contact Joseph Hunter, WSU Foundation vice president for development, at 316-978-3808 or josephl.hunter@wichita.edu.