California – South, 2016
University: Harvard University
Hassaan Shahawy, Pasadena, is a senior at Harvard University, where he is pursuing a double major in History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He has devoted himself to working with marginalized communities to correct social injustices and improve access to opportunity, while also studying Islamic jurisprudence, global health, and medicine. He worked with Los Angeles County inmates with the American Civil Liberties Union, as an intern in rural health clinics in Kenya with Vecna Technologies, and as an analyst with small-business lender Liwwa Inc. in Amman, Jordan. He has also conducted research on transplant surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and on the causes of Saudi Arabia’s private sector labor shortage at the Harvard Center for International Development. Hassaan served as the Vice President of the Harvard Islamic Society and an Executive Committee Member of the Harvard International Review, Harvard's leading publication on international affairs. He has volunteered at the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo, Egypt and mentors prison inmates in Norfolk, Massachusetts. He will pursue the M.Phil. in Islamic Studies and History at Oxford.