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William Horlick High School senior Samad Qawi has been awarded a $5,000 renewable SC Johnson Young Leaders Scholarship.

Qawi is in the top 10 percent of his class and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall as a pre-med Neurology major. He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship from UW-Madison because he participated in the PEOPLES program (Pre-college Enrollment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) which aims to help students of color succeed in high school so they graduate college-ready and then continue their progress in college.

His dad, Ahmad Qawi, is understandably proud.

“I feel very blessed and grateful for the opportunities this community has given me and my sons. Samad is taking full advantage of the doors that have been opened for him. I can’t wait to see what his future holds for him,” he told Racine County Eye.

Additionally, Samad is a Racine Family YMCA Teen Achiever, a program that encourages young people of color to actively negative stereotypes by embracing education, building self-esteem and strengthening family structures. And, at school, Qawi is president of the Horlick’s Interact Club (through Rotary International), a member of the National Honor Society and part of the Horlick boys basketball team.

“God has blessed me with a chance to get an education and I will fulfill His will,” he said when asked about the scholarship.

As for the future, Samad Qawi said he’s looking forward to becoming a doctor and saving lives.

The scholarship is renewable for three years provided Qawi maintains a satisfactory grade point average in a full-time undergraduate program.