Recipients Selected for 2021 QFI AHS Incoming Freshman Awards

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Tahreem Akhtar




Multiple chapters

The QFI Arabic Honor Society (AHS) selected 10 High School students to receive the Incoming Freshman Award. Each student will be able to use their award to help fund their studies at their chosen institute of higher education. These students demonstrated high academic achievement, dedication to continuing their Arabic studies, and passion for the Arabic language.  AHS is excited to share this year’s Incoming Freshman award recipients, who were selected through a competitive application process. 

Mary-Kate Wilson graduated from Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, DC and is now a student at Smith College in Massachusetts. She began learning Arabic in eighth grade and currently studying  
English Poetry and Arabic.

Isabel Homsi is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon and will attend the University of Vermont this fall. She has been studying Arabic for 7 years and plans to continue studying Arabic studies alongside environmental and global studies at university.

Sophie Biddle graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana where she spent 3 years studying Arabic. She will continue her studies at Saint Louis University in the fall.

Madison Stein graduated from Franklin County High School in McLean, Virginia and is now a student at Harvard University. She has been studying Arabic for 6 years and has studied abroad in Marrakesh and Amman. 

Philippa Watts graduated from Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, Illinois this year. She was an active AHS member for over 2 years and will continue her studies at the University of Edinburgh. 

Kenna Jones graduated from Austin High School this year. In the fall, she will attend the University of Texas at Austin to study international relations, Arabic, and French.

Alicia Campbell of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, DC will continue her studies at Harvard University this fall. Alicia participated in an Arabic immersion program at Middlebury College, as well as NSLI-Y's Jordan program during high school. 

Dakota Mendoza Lewis recently graduated from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California, and she will attend New York University this fall. She has been learning Arabic for 4 years and studied abroad in Morocco in 2019.

Amirah Ibrahim of Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago, Illinois will be attending Northeastern University this fall to study computer science and Arabic. She studied abroad in Egypt and Morocco during high school. 

Anna Miller recently graduated from Lincoln High20221 School in Portland, Oregon and will be attending the University of Michigan this fall. She has studied Arabic for 7 years, acted as Lincoln’s AHS president, and worked with Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.


The QFI Arabic Honor Society is dedicated to enhancing the experience and growth of high-achieving Arabic language students. AHS fosters and supports student engagement in Arabic language study at the high school level by hosting annual academic contests, offering exclusive academic study awards, providing study resources as well as information about colleges, universities, and relevant career fields. Eligible students must demonstrate a passion for the language and meet rigorous GPA requirements to join the AHS.  

The Arabic Honor Society boasts a membership of over 600 active students across 56 locally organized chapters in 50 cities across the US, UK, Canada, and Qatar. AHS also welcomes students into the international At Large chapter created for those who do not have a local high school chapter to join. The AHS alumni network is proud to have over 800 students and is growing every year.  

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