Ahmed Mohamed, the Texan teen who made international news after being arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, has received a scholarship from the Qatar Foundation and will be relocating to Qatar with his family to study with the foundations’s Young Innovator’s program. This scholarship will cover the young inventor’s secondary and undergraduate education. Go, Ahmed!
The fourteen-year old’s story blew up on international news after images of the bespectacled boy, handcuffed and wearing a NASA tee-shirt, being escorted out of his school by the police, began to circulate on the Internet. The teen, who has a passion for technology and robotics, had brought his invention to school with hopes of impressing his teacher but was instead arrested and held for questioning after the clock was mistaken for a bomb.
His supporters flooded Twitter with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed, while criticizing the racial biases evident in his case, as Ahmed is Muslim and attended a Dallas-area high school. No charges were made in regards to the officers who handled Ahmed’s case in September, but their actions are still apparently being reviewed…
Ahmed has emerged from the whole event as somewhat of a celebrity. He was praised by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, as well as Facebook’s very own Mark Zuckerberg who argued that “having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest.”
His story even managed to reach the White House with President Barrack Obama posting to his own Twitter feed at the time of the arrest: “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.” The young inventor and his family took President Obama up on his offer and met at the White House on Monday.
Ahmed received both a handshake and a hug from the president himself. “It was amazing, and a honor meeting President Obama,” Mohamed said on Twitter after leaving the White House.
In conclusion, this writer would like congratulate Mr. Ahmed Mohamed: good luck, and have fun. The world needs more young, bright minds such as yourself.