Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Nima Dahir’s curiosity stemmed from her involvement in service and diversity activities in high school. “I was in the Student Council, was the president of the Interact Club, an organization dedicated to community service, and was a member of groups that focused on increasing understanding of diversity throughout the school,” said Nima. The same passion she had for service translated to her educational studies.
When it came to deciding which college to attend, The Ohio State University appealed to Nima for many reasons. One of the programs that swayed her to choose Ohio State was the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Morrill Scholars Program, a program that offers scholarships and educational enticement opportunities to academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service. “The Morrill Scholarship was crucial in my decision to attend Ohio State. I was excited about attending a university that promoted an inclusive culture, and the Morrill Scholarship represented that for me.” She also has received many other extraordinary accolades. The Maximus Scholarship, a highly competitive award given to those who are considered in the top three percent of their graduating class with an ACT composite score of 32, recognized Nima’s accomplishments during high school.
As a research assistant for Ohio State’s Department of Economics, a Buckeye Leadership Fellow and a board member of the Broad Street Food Pantry, Nima credits part of her success to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). “During my sophomore year, I participated in the Women of Color Retreat. During this retreat, I learned more about myself, how I fit into the greater Ohio State community, and how to assert myself as a black woman. This was crucial in my development and my pursuit of my goals.” The mentorship of ODI’s Kris Coleman was vital in Nima’s collegiate experience as well. “She has helped me to craft my personal statement, think closely about what graduate programs I want to apply to.”
As an economics and mathematics major, Nima will graduate in May 2016 and plans to pursue her PhD and become a professor. Since funding for graduate school can be expensive, Nima searched for ways to alleviate the costs. The Undergraduate Fellowship Office at Ohio State offered her information about the Beinecke Scholarship, an honor given to twenty students annually who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise. With assistance through the application process from ODI, Nima applied for the scholarship. Because of her academic and community service excellence, Nima was the only person at Ohio State nominated for the award. After weeks of waiting, Nima received the word that she was granted this prestigious scholarship. “It is an honor to represent this great university for the national competition for this scholarship. I am very excited about the opportunity to secure some funding for graduate school!”
Nima has proven that curiosity will help you find your passions and steer you onto the best path for your future successes. Her willingness to serve and eagerness to learn has garnered her many accomplishments and reminds us to see all of our experiences as learning opportunities.
Written by Advancement Intern, Whitley N. Hawkins