MINNEAPOLIS – An American Muslim girl from Minnesota has achieved a rare honor after being accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools, crowning a life of social and community activism on the local and international levels.
“I was very surprised,” Munira Khalif, senior at Mounds Park Academy, told Fox 9 KMSP.
“The best part for me was being able to call family members on the phone and to hear their excitement. This was truly a blessing from God.”
The 8 Ivy League schools are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University.
The young Muslim girl was also accepted to Stanford, Georgetown, and the University of Minnesota.
“I am humbled to even have the opportunity to choose amongst these schools because they are all incredible places to learn and grow,” Khalif said.
Making the rare achievement, Khalif said she has yet to decide which school to attend, planning to make campus visits before making her final decision.
Saheela Ibraheem is another US Muslim girl who reserved a place among “The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers” list.
The young girl, only 16, made it to headlines in 2013 when she was accepted into Harvard University, making her one of the youngest students ever to attend that school.
Making a record in the US, Saheela was accepted at 13 other colleges, including prestigious MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago.
Along with her exceptional academic record, Khalif was praised a state speech champion and founder and leader of MPA’s Social Consciousness Club.
“Munira has thrived in MPA’s rigorous educational environment, where we challenge students to be intellectually curious and confident communicators,” Randy Comfort, MPA’s upper school director, said.
“She already is making a difference in communities across the globe, and I know she is ready to embrace the challenges that arise in our constantly changing world.”
Moreover, the Muslim girl is one of just nine young people from around the world to receive the UN Special Envoy for Global Education’s Youth Courage Award for her work as a young education activist.
She was also appointed as A World at School Global Youth Ambassador, working to promote universal education.
“I believe Munira has great potential to affect change on the world stage, given her combination of intelligence, sensitivity, powerful internal drive, practical skills and charisma,” Lisa Pederson, director of college counseling at MPA, said.
“She interacts positively with people of different backgrounds, opposing viewpoints and ignorance.”
Working for better education for East African youth, Khalif founded Lighting the Way, a non-profit campaign which focuses on scholarships, building libraries, and mitigating sanitation issues.
Khalif has also served as a teen ambassador and advocate with Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that mobilizes American girls to take action on behalf of their counterparts in other countries.
She plans to major in political science and continue working to make a positive impact on the world through public service.