SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2022

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Selma Cemerlic (BAPA Scholarship)

Selma Cemerlic is a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in Medical Diagnostics and Public Policy with a minor in Public Health. Selma is interested in pursuing a medical degree and is passionate about public health initiatives and equitable access to healthcare. As an undergraduate research assistant, Selma has collaborated with and led teams for large-scale projects regarding health inequities, the opioid epidemic and its implications on policy, as well as the effect of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on mental and physical health. On campus, she is a Resident Assistant, Peer Mentor for first-year students, Blue Hen Ambassador campus tour guide, and member of the Muslim Students Association. The BAPA Scholarship will enable Selma to continue developing her research skills and allow her to connect with more Bosnian-American professionals, both within her field and out.

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Tajra Karabasic (BAPA Scholarship)

Tajra was born in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina where she attended International School Zenica and received the title “Student of the Generation”. Later, Tajra was selected by the Bosnian UWC National Committee to study in the two-year-long International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the United World College Mostar. Now, Tajra is an honors student at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, USA, double-majoring in Business Management and Political Science. Thanks to her achievements and success in her business major, she was offered an opportunity to have an internship in Bangkok, Thailand where she will gain hands-on experience in business management. Furthermore, Tajra will continue her studies in Milan, Italy for one semester as a part of a study abroad program. Upon returning to the United States, Tajra plans to obtain an MBA as well as a Master’s degree in International Affairs after graduating from Randolph-Macon College. In the end, Tajra wants to become a person who will have the influence and ability to help different projects in need, both in her country of origin and the United States.

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Hajrudin Muhic (Bosana Sponsored Scholarship)

Hajrudin is a composer and pianist currently majoring in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. He has achieved great results as a pianist and composer and won numerous awards as a soloist, member of different chamber ensembles, and composer. He was given the “Cvjetko Rihtman” award by the Association of Composers – Music Authors of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the best composition student. Hajrudin plans to gain a Master of Music degree after Berklee and pursue his career as a contemporary classical and film composer. By providing financial support, the scholarship will help him focus on his studies and continue with his academic and career achievements. Hajrudin is also looking forward to attending BAPA’s Annual Forum, presenting his research, and expanding his network.

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Azra Tokovic (BAPA Scholarship)

Azra is a high school senior at the International Academy, where she will be graduating as a Valedictorian. Through her time in high school, she pursued interests in community service and leadership as the founder and president of Key Club and as a group guide at the Michigan Youth Leadership (MyLead) conference, where she remains an active volunteer. She remains connected to the Bosnian community as a member of the KUD Behar folk dance group. In the fall, she will be attending the University of Michigan Ross School of Business to pursue her bachelor's in business administration. At the university, she plans to explore interests in consulting and finance. The BAPA scholarship will help cover her tuition, and she looks forward to expanding her professional network within the Bosnian-American community at the annual forum.

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