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Roselle Park Resident Wins Engineering Scholarship

UNION, NJ - Ibtisam Ali, a computer science major at Kean University and a resident of Roselle Park, recently was awarded the 2009 Tri-State Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) Scholarship. Ali received the scholarship during an AAAEA awards dinner in Fort Lee, N.J., on October 17.

Born and raised in Kuwait, Ali studied computer programming and systems analysis at a community college in Jordan before moving to the United States. In 2007, she came to Kean to continue her studies and to earn a bachelors degree in computer science.

"As a teenager, I was curious about the computer and how it worked," Ali said. "I remember adults always talking about this amazing machine and how smart the people were who used it."

Ali, who will graduate next fall, is a member of Keanís Association of Computing Machinery and the Muslim Student Association. She plans to use the scholarship to help fund her school expenses as well as for tuition for her son to attend Keanís Child Care Center. "I am very grateful for the scholarship," she said. "It shows that all my hard work does not go unnoticed, and motivates me to keep up the good work."

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