Two Wake County students are recipients of Appalachian State University’s Wilson Scholarship, the university’s most prestigious merit-based scholarship, which provides a full-ride education at Appalachian. They are Raleigh Charter High School senior Fahiima Mohamed of Raleigh, daughter of Saida Mohamed and Ali Omar, and Athens Drive High School senior William “Jake” Powell of Cary, son of Janet and Robert Powell.
Fahiima’s background includes work for the President of Somalia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia and the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. In 2015, she attended the United Nations General Assembly and publicly addressed the assembly as a member of the Somali delegation. Her volunteer work includes numerous mentorship activities for children in the Raleigh area, as well as community projects such as book drives, donation drives for resettled refugees and community work days. A Somali native, she is multilingual and dedicated to creating positive change in the lives of people displaced by war. Her intended major is biology.
Jake is an Eagle Scout and varsity athlete on the Athens Drive High School swim and soccer teams, as well as a junior varsity assistant coach. His academic coursework has focused on utilizing numerous engineering concepts to solve problems in the field of sustainability. His activities include membership on his school’s debate team, tutoring students in physics and working on environmental beautification projects for local schools and parks. His intended major is environmental science.
The Wilson Scholarship was established in 2013 by Brad and Carole Wilson of Raleigh, both 1975 graduates of the university. Brad Wilson is CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Carole Wilson is a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.