Ahmed Haque ’18

Chemical Engineering and French

“One of the things I saw growing up here was just how medically underserved West Virginia is. Because of that, I really want to give back to the people of this state.”

WVU junior Ahmed Haque grew up in West Virginia and plans to impact communities around the state by serving in the medical field.

The Bridgeport, W.Va. native, currently studying chemical engineering and French at WVU, hopes to continue his education at the WVU School of Medicine upon completion of his undergraduate degree.  

“One of the things I saw growing up here was just how medically underserved West Virginia is,”

Haque said. “Because of that, I really want to give back to the people of this state.”

As a Neil S. Bucklew Scholar, Haque has already demonstrated hard work and dedicated service to the state during his time at WVU.

Haque serves as an officer of Engineers Without Borders, an organization that conducts local Habitat for Humanity and STEM outreach projects, as well as a service project in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, he is a TestWell tutor in the WVU Honors Hall and a volunteer with Helping Hands, a student organization that delivers meals to cancer patients at the WVU Cancer Center.

Haque has tailored his undergraduate studies to reflect his personal interest in the sciences and world languages, but also to prepare him for the challenges he may face as a future doctor. Haque says that the problem-solving skills he has honed as an engineering major are crucial to his success as a future physician.

“The body is probably the greatest engineering marvel of all time. It’s able to repair itself and carry out complicated physical tasks,” Haque said. “The idea of engineering is to problem-solve and think outside the box. In medicine in the 21st century, that way of thinking is crucial for finding ways to treat cancer and cure Alzheimer’s.”

As the son of two immigrants, Haque learned the value of embracing cultural and language- learning opportunities at a young age. From hearing and speaking Urdu and Hindi at home to hearing stories from his relatives about working in the French-speaking regions of Africa, language has always played a role in Haque’s life. He started studying French in middle school and his eagerness to study the language has only grown.

“I think language, although it is a barrier, is also a great unifier,” Haque said. “It’s just so wonderful to see people show who they are and express individuality, including their trials, tribulations, and their joys, through language.”

The Neil S. Bucklew Scholarship provides $32,000 in scholarship funding to student recipients over four years of undergraduate study at WVU. Haque says receiving a scholarship from the WVU Foundation provides him both flexibility and security when choosing steps along his academic path.

“Having a scholarship takes away all of the financial hurdles, but it also allows me the ability to follow my passions and interests that are linked to furthering my academic understanding, like having the ability to study abroad,” Haque said. He hopes to participate in WVU’s study abroad trip to Montpellier, France next summer.

For Haque, WVU is the pinnacle of state pride, but it is also a hub of different cultures and backgrounds. His early exposure to WVU’s engineering program helped solidify his decision to attend WVU, but the missions of the University extend much deeper than he ever imagined.

“We at WVU come from different backgrounds – whether it’s where we are from, our cultural heritage, or how we identify ourselves as humans,” Haque said. “Through things like the Foundation, our environment is nurtured and students are able to develop the skills needed to become doers and leaders in the world.”

“A huge thank you to all of the donors and supporters of WVU in West Virginia and around the world,” Haque said. “Thanks for your support, even if it’s just emotional support. That confidence and camaraderie and sense of family- that’s what make this place such a wonderful place.”

Neil S. Bucklew, for whom the Bucklew Scholarship is named, served as WVU’s 20th president from 1986 to 1995. The scholarships are part of the University’s comprehensive awards program and are supported, in part, by the WVU Foundation, which generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.