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Muhammad Huzaifa Kasim isn't afraid of hard work. His
willingness to roll up his sleeves and take on a job won him the respect
of his co-workers in Facilities Management. Last spring, after being
nominated by one of his supervisors, Huzaifa was awarded the Eric
K. Clarke, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The Clarke Scholarship is for
students in good standing, who are employed by the UMD Facilities
Management Department.

Huzaifa, a student from Pakistan, is a senior majoring in chemical
engineering. He is the youngest of three brothers. His two elder
brothers, both UMD alumni, are now pursuing post-graduate work.
Huzaifa is grateful for the scholarship, and not just for himself. "It
was a big achievement, but it also lowers the burden on my parents,"
he said. His parents, he notes, have been "funding all three of us."
Hazaifa points out that UMD is special, because of the work that
is available to students. His eldest brother, Hamza, transferred to
UMD after attending a large Texas university that offered very little
campus employment. "I have friends at Yale and Purdue – they don't
get jobs on campus," Huzaifa noted.

Huzaifa encourages all students to look into and apply for
scholarships. "They are a great opportunity for everyone," he noted.
"Going to school, working 20 hours a week, a scholarship can be a
big help. I'm really grateful," he said. Recently, Huzaifa was also
awarded the Chemical Engineering Alumni Scholarship that is funded
by chemical engineering alumni.

In addition to being a full-time student, Huzaifa is currently working at UMD’s Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratory on an investigation entitled “A Prototype System for Chemical Hydrogen Generation and Storage for Operating ITS Devices.” After he graduates in May 2012,
he will begin a co-op (a six-month internship) with a paper company.
At the same time, Huzaifa will take two online courses to complete
his degree. Clearly, he isn't afraid of hard work.

 

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