Hazara native girl awarded PD Soros fellowship, gets into Harvard

Sana Batool, a Hazara native from Quetta, was recently conferred with the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans in Medicine from Harvard Medical School.

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Batool, the first ever Hazara native to win such accolade, is also first ever Hazara girl to attend a medical school in the USA. Upon completion of her degree, she aims to serve the Hazara community as a health professional.

Following unrest in Quetta and raising security concerns for the Hazara community, Batool’s family left Pakistan and got settled in America in 2013.

Having to go to school in New York, Batool struggled with her inefficiency to speak and understand English for which she joined English language classes. Besides commuting for hours for her BA in Biochemistry classes, Batool sew clothes to make ends meet for her family.

Along with having being published peer-reviewed articles five times in Biochemistry, Batool has won numerous awards, including Harvard Medical School Dean’s Reach scholarship, 2019 Jonas E. Salk Scholar, Excellence in civic engagement and commitment award at Lehman College, St. George’s Society scholar, Sigma Xi.

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