Jalil Kochai – 2017 Recipient

Major: Education
Degree: M.A.
School: UC Davis
Afzal Family Foundation



Bio: Jalil Jan Kochai is a graduate student in the Masters/Teaching Credential Program at UC Davis. His academic interests include, postcolonial history/literature, film theory, photography, and the modern history of Afghanistan. After finishing his M.A and earning his teaching credentials, Jalil intends on teaching history at a high school level but he anticipates on ultimately earning his PhD in history with an emphasis upon Modern Afghanistan and its relation with the United States.

Jalil graduated magna cum laude from California State University of Sacramento in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in History. While attending CSUS, Jalil was selected as the recipient of the Dean’s Award for the College of Arts and Letters and was nominated as the “Outstanding Senior” for the History Department. In 2016 he was the recipient of Sacramento State’s History Department’s prestigious Peter H. Shattuck Undergraduate Scholarship and in 2017 he received the Faculty Senate Award for his academic achievements. He also served as the vice president for the CSUS Muslim Student Association, and during his time with the MSA, he helped coordinate several events. Jalil is an active member of the greater Sacramento area’s Muslim community, organizing several successful events including youth halaqas and qiyams as well as youth basketball tournaments and film nights.

Jalil is also a photographer. His works have been published in several smaller collegiate magazines and have been sold during charity auctions. His works are often of Afghanistan, more specifically the children of his home village in Lowgar and the capital city of Kabul. He hopes to one day use his knowledge in photography to make a short film in Lowgar.

Areas of Interest:
Education, History, Film, Anthropology

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