Somerville High School Student Wins Global Citizen Scholarship

16 April 2010

Somerville Student

Frozan Omar, a Somerville High School student, has been named a Global Citizen Scholarship recipient by EF Educational Tours and Primary Source. Out of hundreds of applicants, Frozan was one of 20 winners chosen from the U.S. and India who will travel on a 10-day, expenses paid EF Educational Tour to China. The trip departs on June 18th from Los Angeles, where Frozan will meet her fellow scholarship winners before continuing on to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing.

The Somerville Public Schools have maintained a partnership with Primary Source for several years. Frozan's history teacher and Somerville High School Social Studies Department Head, Alicia Kersten, has participated in a number of Primary Source programs.

EF's Global Citizen Scholarship encourages high school sophomores and juniors to think about their roles in local and global communities, and how their actions affect the people around them and around the world. The applicants submitted a 1500-word essay to be considered.

This year's EF Global Citizen Award applicants were asked to respond to the prompt, "As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, cross-cultural exchange becomes more important than ever before. How could spending 14,000 minutes of your life on a tour to China equip you with superior communication, leadership and critical thinking skills? What future opportunities could become available to you as a result?"

For Frozan's winning essay, she wrote about how her experience living in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the U.S. has forced her to work on her communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills. She says the trip to China would improve these skills even more and give her an opportunity to think more about what she wants to with her future. Frozan is interested in the fields of health and education. She writes, "This trip to China would help me reach my goals. One of my goals is to open a school or a hospital in a poor country some day."

When asked how she hopes to grow as a result of this experience, Frozan says this tour will allow her to have a better understanding of other parts of the world and allow her to have experience communicating with people and learning their culture, religion and rules. "This tour will open many doors for me to think about traveling more in the future."



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