Of the many words that describe Rowaida Qulagi, a student at Elkhorn North High School and the UN’s newest up-and-coming maverick, “kind” is one of the best.
“Rowida was a very good person from the start. She would say ‘good morning’ to me every day I saw her and ‘good afternoon’ when she left,” said Ashley Anderson, an advanced psychology professor at Rowaida and alumnus of the UN. “She’s been a blessing to have this year. She’s honestly been one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and she was always kind and supportive to all of the students around her.
Qualgi’s strengths stood out in her roles as a weekend teacher at a local mosque, a participant in Family Career and Community Leaders of America, and Future Business Leaders of America.
“She is a very hardworking and smart girl, and whatever she does, she does it with enthusiasm. She has leadership skills, can inspire others and knows how to get the job done,” said Saleh Qulagi, the father of Rowaida “She always wants to help people without any expectation in return.”
Qualgi was surprised with the Maverick in the Making scholarship during its AP psychology course.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this award. It’s such a big achievement,” Rowaida said. “I didn’t know I would get a huge award, so I’m grateful to have received a UN scholarship.”
Qualgi will attend UNO in the fall of 2022 before planning to attend UNMC to complete her degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
“I look forward to furthering my education, surrounding myself with people who will inspire me, and I will inspire them,” Rowaida said. “I’m also looking forward to being really active in the community and the clubs there.”
She chose to come to the UN because it allowed her to be close to family and friends. Another reason she chose UNO was the on-campus environment when she took a campus tour.
“I like how people are sweet and kind [at UNO], because when I arrived, everyone was just nice, sweet, had very nice words to say. They made us feel very welcome, they were already asking me what I wanted to do and I felt like I was at home.
As Qulagi continues her education at UNO, she will be able to learn and grow within the Maverick community.
“To be a maverick for me is to be independent, a pioneer, chart your own path, and at the UN as a maverick you can do that, but you can do it within a community and I think Rowaida is going to get to experience that community and that’s going to continue to make her the wonderful woman that she can be,” Anderson said.
Name your own up-and-coming Maverick
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) recognizes high school students who are making a difference in our communities through our “Maverick in the Making” scholarship.
Complete the nomination form in the link below to nominate your Maverick in the Making. Each month, a UNO team will review the submissions and select our next Maverick in the Making winner who will receive a certificate and a scholarship to the UNO for $4,000.
We will film the winners in their schools, receiving their awards during the school day. Video footage of your Maverick receiving their scholarship will air on KETV’s Saturday morning news.
Submissions are accepted year-round.