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2021-2022 Ketonia Perseverance Scholarship Winner: Basir Talayee
Basir Talayee is no stranger to struggle. Raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, he overcame many things on his journey to study in America.
After witnessing a bombing while on his school bus, he knew even before the blood was washed from his clothes that he needed to find a safe place to study. He used Google Translate to learn how to apply for scholarships after convincing his mother to buy a computer.
However, his educational pursuits did not prevent him from giving back to his community. Basir was the founder of the first soccer program for girls in Afghanistan. He was also a teacher at Youth Mirror Association, an NGO dedicated to helping underprivileged Afghani students get a better education.
Ketonia is proud to extend The $1000 Perseverance Scholarship to Basir Talayee and wish you the warmest of welcomes to America. May your time here enrich your life, and may you continue to be a shining beacon of perse