Bragging Rights: Mason Junior Wins Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Posted: May 18, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: May 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm

By Aisha Jamil

“There are so many scholarships out there; all you have to do is look!”

These are the words Khalid Barqadle had heard a thousand times over and over by different people throughout his life. Finally, he decided to take action.

“I first heard about the Xerox Scholarship in my freshman year of college,” says Barqadle, a junior majoring in computer engineering. “At the time, I was really motivated to find a scholarship, and this one seemed like the perfect fit.”

The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship awards from $1,000 to $10,000 to qualified minority students enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. Barqadle was one of 124 winners nationwide.

Barqadle has been an honor student since high school and was accepted into Mason’s Honors College.

“The process of applying for this scholarship was pretty straightforward,” Barqadle says. “Along with the application form, I included a statement about my objectives, a transcript and my resume.”

Two features of Barqadle’s resume clearly stand out: his volunteer work and his internship experiences.

“In 2008, I went down to New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina,” Barqadle says. “I also have interned at the Congressional Quarterly Press in their IT Department for the past four summers.”

After finishing his undergraduate work, Barqadle plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer engineering by enrolling in the accelerated master’s program so that he could have his MS at the age of 22.

Barqadle says his time at Mason has been challenging, yet fun.

“The thing I love most about Mason is its diversity and its community,” Barqadle says. “I have already made some great friends here and even managed to reconnect with some old ones at the same time. What more could I ask for?”


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