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NYU Abu Dhabi student named 2015 Falcon Scholar

New York University Abu Dhabi senior Arfa Rehman is the sole recipient of the 2015 Falcon Scholarship, which will fund her post-graduate study at the University of Oxford for two years beginning next fall.

The Falcon Scholarships are administered by the Rhodes Trust and are awarded each year to one or two exceptional students preparing to complete an undergraduate degree from a college or university in the United Arab Emirates. The Falcon Scholarship supports students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as “leaders for the world’s future”. At Oxford, they are welcomed as members of the community of Rhodes Scholars. Arfa was selected for her outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to global service.

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Al Bloom said: “Arfa Rehman has been a tireless contributor to the academic and social fabric that make NYU Abu Dhabi such an inspiring place to be. This award reflects her stellar accomplishment in and outside the classroom and her remarkable capacity for drawing on NYUAD’s distinctive preparation for leadership of a more productive, just, and peaceful global world.”

Arfa Rehman said: “The Falcon Scholarship really speaks to the commitment of NYU Abu Dhabi, the UAE, and the Rhodes Trust to create new frontiers in education and new opportunities for growth and understanding. I am excited to become of a part of this community of scholars at Oxford who are committed to building for the future.”

Originally from Aligar, India, Arfa grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is currently completing a double major at New York University Abu Dhabi – Social Research and Public Policy, and Visual Arts – and has compiled a perfect 4.0 official GPA while at NYUAD. She is a talented graphic designer, whose work was featured in the catalogue of Visual Arabia and is a co-founder of the University’s student-run design collective. An active volunteer, Arfa is on the leadership board of the Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Abu Dhabi, has taught art and technology classes in Bangalore for the last four summers, and has volunteered at the Somali Cultural Center in Abu Dhabi. Arfa is also a recreational swimmer. At Oxford Arfa plans to read for two one-year courses, an MSc in Comparative Social Policy and an MBA.

The Rhodes Trust has existed since 1903 when it was established through the Will of Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. It has enabled nearly 8000 individuals to study at the University of Oxford. In October 2015, the Falcon Scholar will join the 83 Rhodes Scholars selected annually from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the nations of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (South Africa, plus Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.