Bilal Lafta

University: Brown University
Major: Engineering
Languages: Arabic
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Biography: Born in Baghdad, Iraq and raised in Cairo, Tucson, and Boston, I am a first-generation immigrant and aspiring engineer with a passion for community engagement and social justice.

In addition to being named the Honorary Valedictorian of the Boston Public Schools, I am a national Dell Scholar, Janey Scholar, and Norma K. Clarke Scholar featured in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, WCVB, Fox25, and NPR for my academic achievement.

I now attend Brown University, where I was selected as a Bonner Community Fellow and lead community engagement projects and outreach around Providence. Additionally, I am a delegate for the Ivy Council, First-Gens@Brown, and a Freshman Liaison for QuestBridge Scholars. I have beaten the odds against me: from escaping war, living in a refugee camp, and attending underfunded urban public schools, to attending Brown on a full scholarship.

My dream is to make meaningful contributions to medical research for both my local community and for developing nations.