Freshman Abdul Moiz Qadri Honored by Bank of America With Student Leader Award

News Story: December 1, 2010
Abdul Moiz Qadri

Freshman Abdul Moiz Qadri’s quiet, almost shy demeanor belies the fact that he is a goal-oriented achiever.

Qadri, a member of the class of 2014, not only has goals and dreams for his future but he also is an active volunteer, giving his time to several nonprofit organizations. In fact, he was going to look for a volunteer opportunity that he could do over the holiday break from classes at Sacred Heart University.

His achievements and volunteer work have earned him a Student Leader Award from the Bank of America. Qadri and three other students from Fairfield County recently completed an internship with nonprofit groups and participated in the weeklong Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

A biology major, Qadri, who graduated from Westhill High School in Stamford, is not sure yet what he will do for his career, except that he wants to be in the health field. Becoming a doctor is a possibility. “I want to work with people,” he said. He always excelled in science but a turning point in his decision to concentrate on biology came when his grandmother was ill. He kept thinking, he said, that he wished he “could have done something to help her.”

Enrolled at Sacred Heart on a full academic scholarship, Qadri said the week in Washington, D.C., was rewarding and enlightening. It was his first time there. The group visited landmarks in the nation’s Capital, including the White House; participated in a leadership seminar; cleaned up a park; met legislators; learned how the government works; and listened to a debate on the Senate floor.

As for the Bank of America award, he said it “feels great to be honored.” He attended the awards ceremony in November and had to give an acceptance speech, about which he was initially apprehensive. Qadri, who has an older sister and a younger brother, smiles when he relays how proud his parents are of him.

He is a member of Sacred Heart’s Biology Club and American Medical Student Association chapter. He has been a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, Reading Partners and helped out at a private zoo in Greenwich. He also has given his time at Stamford Hospital and worked with kids in teaching them about government through the Stamford Children’s Leadership Training Institute.

At Westhill High School, he was a student in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which is a “college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges,” according to its website, Qadri was selected for the program in the eighth grade and continued with it through his four years of high school. He was taught organizational skills and to be “a step ahead of others,” he said.

At Sacred Heart in his first semester, he has taken an 18-credit course load, including classes in biology and chemistry at the same time, which is “second nature” to him, he added. Because of his class schedule and after-class activities, AVID has come in handy as he relies on his learned organizational and time management skills to get it all done.

While he may not know what his future career will be, Qadri does have an impressive goal. When he is established in life and career, he would like to build much-needed hospitals in his native country of Pakistan.

Born in Pakistan, he moved to the United States when he was in the fifth grade. His family wanted a better way of life and to have more opportunities. He became an American citizen a few years ago and has visited Pakistan several times since. He noted that he has seen on his visits that Pakistan is changing for the better. “They are slow changes, but the changes are coming,” he added. Building hospitals, he said, is his ultimate goal. The hospitals, he said, “are really needed, especially in the poorer parts.”