Sanah Ahmed

Cornell University
Class of 2023

Finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Sanah strives to be a voice for young Muslims who are afraid to speak up in the face of discrimination; she declares that “we’re here to make America great too.” From serving as the Vice President of Future Medical Professionals Club and the Science Olympiad leadership board, to obtaining an internship with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Sanah’s inquisitive mind has given her a bold vision; she will find a cure for Type I Diabetes. Introduced to the disease at the age of 14, when her father’s diabetes became difficult to manage, she took the initiative to educate herself on how to best care for him. Passionate about helping those in need, her father became her first patient and ignited a flame inside her to become a physician.

The same ambition and drive motivated Sanah to establish an orphan sponsorship program through Homs League Abroad, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, food, medical care, rehabilitation training and education to refugee Syrian women and children with nowhere else to go. Funding provides schooling, books, and supplies to the resilient orphans Sanah met in Amman, Jordan on a mission trip.

Leadership:

  • Science Olympiad, Leadership Board
  • Future Medical Professionals, Vice President
  • National Honors Society, Secretary
  • Syrian Refugee Sponsorship, Founder