Muslim college student from East London offered scholarship at prestigious American university

A Muslim college student from the London borough of Newham has been offered a paid scholarship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Tafsia Shikdar, from Newham, has won a scholarship to the world-renowned university worth £200,000 to help pay for tuition, accommodation and books.

She will be moving from her family home in West Ham for the university in Boston, where she will be studying for a degree in engineering.

Tafsia currently studies at the Newham College Sixth Form Centre who organised her interview and application preparation with a Harvard graduate.

After a successful application, she was interviewed by an MIT admissions scout based in the UK at a Central London coffee shop.

The teenager is currently predicted all A* in five A Levels, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

She left her secondary school Sarah Bonnell in nearby Stratford with 11 A* GCSEs.

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