Hamud will graduate with Boise State Political Science Degree in May 2022 and is Boise State's fifth Truman scholar
Halima Hamud has been awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her tremendous academic success and leadership accomplishments. She is one of 62 scholars selected this year out of a record number of 845 candidates who were nominated by 328 colleges and universities.
The scholarship will fund her graduate studies in international relations with a focus in East African studies.
“My family has made sacrifices for my education, and I will make them proud,” she said. “I will advance to higher education and bring my dreams into fruition. I have embodied my mother’s courageousness, discipline, perseverance and passion for women’s advancement. I am ready to do the work.” After she completes her graduate studies, Hamud wants to work with agencies to develop workshops on skill building and job training for women who were refugees. She’s determined to remove the economic barriers that currently exist for refugees by providing women with the opportunity to grow and strengthen their skills through educational initiatives and community outreach.
“Halima is a model of wisdom, intelligence, generosity, thoughtfulness and care for her community,” said Boise State University president Marlene Tromp. “An extraordinary person, she is committed to using her education to make the world a better place. We are so proud of her accomplishments and this exceptional honor.”