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Hisham Ladha: studying Computer Science at Concordia University

29 July 2021

Hisham Ladha has been accepted to Concordia University in Canada to pursue a Bachelor of Computer Science. Hisham, who joined the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa in Grade 1, is a recipient of the Aga Khan Academies  – Concordia University Scholarships. Through a special partnership with Concordia University, four scholarships are awarded to graduating students from the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa and the Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad each year. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are high-performing students who exemplify the standards, values and principles of the Aga Khan Academies.

“All my time at the Academy has prepared me for this exact moment – going to university – and I could not be more excited,” Hisham said about receiving this opportunity.

During his time at the Academy, Hisham got the opportunity to demonstrate his industriousness in academics, leadership, and co-curricular activities. He was not only part of the honours list every year since Grade 6, but also served as the Secretary General of the Academy’s Model United Nations enrichment, an experience that allowed him to hone his public speaking skills, which won him the Best Speaker Award at the East African Model United Nations conference in 2020. He exhibited tech-savvy skills as the IT executive for TEDxYouth@AKAMombasa and the DoMore 2021 Fundraiser. He also co-founded a virtual sports enrichment called E-sports aimed at teaching students responsible gaming and giving them a platform to interact and share their skills, and enjoyed playing and coaching badminton.

As he begins a new chapter in life, Hisham said he looks forward to university, but will always remember what he learnt at AKA Mombasa. “At the Academy, I've learnt that growth is best experienced outside your comfort zone. I'm thankful that the Academy has provided me with an engaging and positive environment enabling me to develop the right mindset as a lifelong learner. To grow, you should always strive to be better than you were yesterday."