Today, a University of Kentucky student accomplished something that hasn’t happened at the school since 1955 and has nothing to do with sports. UK senior and Dunbar High School graduate Hadeel Abdallah was named a Rhodes Scholar, the school’s first since 1955. She will use the prestigious scholarship to attend Oxford University in England to pursue a graduate degree in refugee and forced migration studies and global governance and diplomacy.
Adballah’s list of accomplishments is extensive. A strong advocate for educational opportunities for immigrants and refugee women, she founded and directs the Bilal Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships to underrepresented students across Kentucky, and has received several fellowships to continue her important work. She is one of 32 Rhodes Scholars this year, 21 of which are women, the most ever in a single class.
“Hadeel’s passion for public service and resolve to make a positive impact on the world are an inspiration to the UK family,” UK President Eli Capilouto said in a statement. “Her story embodies the values and ideals that our campus holds dear: dogged determination and unwavering good will. We are so proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best in her journey as a Rhodes Scholar.”
Congrats, Hadeel. I’m sure you’ll continue to make us proud.