Azeem Ahmed, a 2014 Harbert College graduate in finance, is one of two Rhodes Scholarship finalists from Auburn University.
If chosen, Ahmed and Tofey Leon, a senior in biomedical sciences from Mobile, will
be among the 32 U.S. students to have an opportunity to study at the University of
Oxford in the United Kingdom.
“These two Auburn students have excelled throughout their academic careers,” said
Melissa Bauman, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College.
“Through their commitment to their academic studies, their dedication to their athletic
and leadership activities, and hard work, they epitomize the Auburn Creed. Their success
would not have been possible without the support and guidance of the many Auburn faculty
and staff who have taught and mentored these students to help them reach this honor.
We are thrilled about the possibility of adding the Rhodes Scholar distinction to
their list of accomplishments.”
Awards are nothing new for Ahmed, who hopes to one day pursue a career in medicine.
Ahmed became a Truman Scholar in 2013, earned the Worldwide Clinton Hunger Leadership
Award in March, and accepted the university’s President’s Award in April.
Ahmed has served as president of the Committee of 19 – Auburn University’s War on
Hunger Initiative – and has been vice-president for the Campus Kitchens Project. In
2011, Ahmed traveled to Egypt as a U.N. World Food Programme intern, where he conducted
more than 40 field visits and helped certify enough mills to produce more than 250,000
tons of vitamin-enriched rice.
If selected, Ahmed plans to read for a double masters of science in medical anthropology
and global health sciences.
The Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest in the world, is awarded to students with
proven intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, qualities of
leadership and proven respect for their fellow humankind.