BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — Alhassan Bangura, a senior at Western School of Technology, has been named one of only 107 recipients of the prestigious 2021 Horatio Alger National Scholarships presented by the
Each national scholarship recipient is awarded a $25,000 college scholarship and will have access to a variety of association-provided resources, including counseling and referral services, career exploration opportunities and alumni connections. Each national scholar will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference and participate in college preparedness and other educational sessions. In conjunction with the conference, National Scholars will also be recognized at the Association’s 74th Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies.
“I was elated when Alhassan emailed me about being the recipient of the Horatio Alger National Scholarship,” school counselor Jill Monahan said in a news release. “He is very deserving of this prestigious honor, as he has definitely put in the work to get to where he is today. Alhassan’s selfless dedication to helping others and commitment to excellence in the classroom has led him to this point. The Western Tech school community is extremely proud of this outstanding young man.”
Bangura, a resident of Windsor Mill, aspires to become a cardiovascular surgeon. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, historian and environmental committee member of the Baltimore County Student Councils, secretary and parliamentarian of the Western Tech Student Government Association, founder of the Principal’s Student Advisory Council, vice president of the African Student Association, secretary-historian of the National French Honor Society, and member of the National Technical Honor Society. He has supplemented his classwork with internships at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. He’s earned certifications in basic life support and heartsaver first aid from the American Heart Association, Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour general industry certification and Stop the Bleed Training from the American College of Surgeons.
Outside of school, Banguar is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the nonprofit tutoring program Refinity, Inc. and co-founder, vice president and humanitarian coordinator of 23:59 – The Minute Initiative, a nonprofit focused on humanitarian and environmental issues.