Khansa Maria – Visually impaired Pakistani student wins scholarship to Oxford
Khansa Maria is a visually impaired Pakistani student. She will be pursuing a Masters in evidence-based policy intervention and social evaluation at the Oxford University next fall. As Pakistan’s 2021 Rhodes Scholar-elect, reported the Voice Of America.
Khansa Maria is deeply passionate about advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and designing accessible communities in an effort to ensure inclusivity.
Visually impaired Pakistani student wins scholarship to Oxford
Owing to her visual impairment, Khansa had to face many struggles while studying in Pakistan. Hence, the idea of being able to do something for the physically challenged is very personal to her.
“I do have a disability, I am blind, and I firsthand experienced the impacts of not having an inclusive society,”
Maria said, noting that now she wants to give back.
Khansa currently attends Georgetown’s Qatar campus where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s in foreign service, with a concentration in culture and politics. Born blind, Khansa Maria wishes to use her skills, experience in a way that benefits others with her disability.