Syeda Hashmi’s family gave up their house, cars, and livelihood when they immigrated to the United States from Pakistan more than two years ago.
The transition left them nearly destitute, and the struggle to adapt to a new culture and lifestyle has been particularly difficult on many members of the family. In spite of the challenges that have come head on, Syeda, who will be finishing her freshman year in a few days, has risen above her hardships in hopes of securing a more prosperous future for herself and her family.
In gratitude for the new opportunities now available to her, the young Granite Park Jr. High student has maintained a 3.9 GPA, and has become part of several school organizations, including MESA Club, Science Olympiads, and the yearbook staff. She even finds time to reach out to help others who are struggling.
With virtually no money currently available for her to attend college, Syeda has diligently sought scholarship opportunities through multiple organizations. Following her grandfather’s death from heart disease, Syeda has aspirations of becoming a cardiologist.
“She knows college is the path that leads to success,” said Granite Park English teacher Sherrie Mortensen. “I have never seen a student more motivated to achieve and willing to make sacrifices.”
In recognition for Syeda’s inspiring dedication, the Granite Education Foundation teamed up with local organizations – Valcom, South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Granite Credit Union, and others – to provide her with scholarship funds and other gifts that will help her on her path to college.
Congratulations to Syeda Hashmi, the 2014 Absolutely Incredible Kid.
OMG I am so proud of her
Anita Blevins says
Awesome accomplishment, Syeda!
Great advocating for students, Sherrie Mortensen!
Congratulations to a great school!
Ms. Anita Blevins, former Granite Park Junior High art teacher 2001-2013
Mr. Clark says
Syeda, you deserve this recognition. I will miss you next year. I hope one day to take my daughter to the doctor and have it be you. Never stop fighting and studying. I have a feeling scholarships and better opportunities are coming your way. Never give up.