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Student Loan Hero Fall 2018 Scholarship Winner: Samiira Husein

Student Loan Hero is excited to once again award six scholarships to dedicated college students for the fall 2018 semester.

After carefully reviewing hundr of applicants, our financial experts selected six recipients. Two students took home the main prize of $5,000 each, while four students won the runner-up prize of $2,000. A total of $18,000 was awarded.

All the recipients wowed us in different ways — by overcoming adversity, working hard toward goals, or showing great passion about their chosen fields. Check out this Student Loan Hero scholarship winner’s inspiring story.

Samiira Husein, University of Minnesota

Runner-up prize: $2,000

Born in Kenya to Somali parents, Samiira Husein immigrated to the United States before her first birthday. She lived with her mom and two siblings in a Minneapolis studio apartment while the family worked hard to establish roots.

Husein’s father was granted a visa to come to the U.S. when she was 5, but the family continued to struggle to build a new life. “There were many hungry nights and many school activities my siblings and I couldn’t attend, simply because my mom had no way of paying for it,” she said.

Yet Husein was encouraged by her mom’s example. Her mother worked two jobs and took English classes at night before later attending community college, which was paid for by her workplace.

This heavy emphasis on education pushed Husein to excel academically. She graduated high school with high honors and now attends the University of Minnesota, where she is majoring in environmental sciences, policy, and management. “My long-term goal is to be a key player in the environmental improvement of countries that don’t have resources like the United States,” she said.

“As a black, Muslim, immigrant woman who has experienced poverty, I have been underrepresented and marginalized, which is why I am determined to succeed,” said Husein.

Get ready for our spring 2019 scholarship contest

Congratulations to the winners of our fall 2018 scholarship contest! We wish them great success in their education and future careers.

If you’re a current college student or will be one soon, we invite you to apply to our spring 2019 Student Loan Hero $5K Scholarship contest. The application will be open from Aug. 13 to Oct. 15, and the recipients will be announced Nov. 16. We’re so excited to hear your stories and support your educational pursuits.

Check out the other five recipients of our fall 2018 scholarship:

Renita Newton: $5,000
LaTashia Reed: $5,000
Anastasiia Caviston: $2,000
Rachel Goldstein: $2,000
Lissette Lomeli: $2,000

Want to start applying to scholarships today? Check out this useful guide to finding scholarships and learn about other awards for which you might qualify.

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