Our Stories: Aya, Scholar (2017)

Aya is a Syrian refugee who had to flee her home and leave all her belongings behind to avoid a battalion of tanks, Aya was separated from her parents for two and a half years while living as a refugee in Jordan.

In Jordan, she organized a distribution program of feminine sanitary products in refugee camps and interned at an e-commerce company.

After arriving in the U.S., she organized a program at her high school to prevent food waste. Having maintained a 3.85 GPA and earning a 700 on her math SAT, she will study bioinformatics at the University of Maryland-Baltimore College.