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Visually impaired female Pakistani student to persue scholarship at Oxford University


Khansa Maria hails from Lahore and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University Qatar.

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Visually impaired Khansa Maria wins scholarship at Oxford University.

A visually impaired Pakistani student named Khansa Maria has earned pride for the country by receiving a scholarship for a post-graduate degree at the Oxford University. She has won Rhodes Trust Scholarship 2021 to pursue a master’s degree at Oxford University next fall.

Khansa Maria hails from Lahore and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University Qatar.

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Maria has been a campus leader and member of many organizations, including the South Asian Society, the debating union, and the Hoya Leadership Pathway. She has also served at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar.

In her sophomore year, she was a recipient of a Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Grant, which enabled her to study the barriers affecting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Qatari workforce.

She has been writing her honors thesis on the evolution of the disability rights movement in postcolonial South Asia.

At Oxford, Khansa hopes to advance her studies in public policy and social intervention. She aspires to work on inclusive policy-making and capacity building for the disability community in Pakistan.

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