School: Yale University
Sponsor: MateenMobeen Foundation
Nafees Asiya Syed will be pursuing her J.D. at Yale Law School and plans to enter a career in law and politics. In 2010, she graduated from Harvard University with honors, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. For her leadership and service, she received the Distinguished Senior Award from the Dean of Harvard College and the Director of The Harvard Foundation. Her honors thesis was on United Nations accountability in the post-Cold War era.
This past year, Nafees worked as the foreign policy and veterans affairs aide for a ranking member of Congress, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson. Previously, she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. In addition, she has interned for the British Parliament and the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Nafees has written for popular outlets, including CNN.com and The Huffington Post. In addition, her research has been published in an academic publication, the International Journal of the History of Sport. As an editorial editor at The Harvard Crimson, she contributed to its popular admissions publication, “50 Successful Harvard Application Essays,” and she is an author for the book “I Speak for Myself.” Currently, Nafees is writing a novel featuring a Muslim-American woman and starting a website to help Muslims practice their faith at school, DeenMadeEasy.com.
Nafees’s Message to Supporters:
As Muslims entering fields in law, politics, and the humanities, we have the challenge of being the first. ISF and its donors are helping the Muslim American community at a critical stage of its development, in areas in which we have yet to firmly establish ourselves. ISF has astutely identified this need and created this scholarship to help recipients like me strive to fulfill it. I thank ISF and its donors for their generosity and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this organization, Jazak Allahu khair. I pray that the recipients this year and in the many years to come will live up to the intentions with which these scholarships were given.
Nafees graduated in 2014 an is an Associate at Boies Schiller & Flexner.