Sorry, Mr. President, Ahmed's taking his talents overseas.
Ever since he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school a month ago, Ahmed Mohamed has been on a world tour. He dropped out of MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas; visited the president of Sudan; traveled to Mecca; traded science tips with Dr. Oz; and on Monday visited President Barack Obama.
The 14-year-old has plenty of opportunity here in the states, but less than 24 hours after his visit to the White House, his family announced they're packing up and moving to Qatar, according to the Dallas Morning News.
His family explained in a Tuesday press release:
After careful consideration of all the generous offers received, we would like to announce that we have accepted a kind offer from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) for Ahmed to join the prestigious QF Young Innovators Program, which reflects the organization’s on-going dedication to empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity.
Ahmed is receiving a full-ride scholarship from the Qatar Foundation, The Washington Post reports, and he'll be leaving next week.
"Looking at all the great offers we've had, it's the best decision," said his 19-year-old sister, Eyman Mohamed.
She noted that the move doesn't necessarily cut all the family's ties to America. Doha, Qatar's capital, is home to a gigantic university complex called Education City, which boasts degree programs from Northwestern, Carnegie-Mellon, Cornell Medical School and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, among others, NPR reports.
"They even have Texas A&M in Qatar. … It’s basically like America," Eyman said.
Ahmed was reportedly wooed by the Qatar Foundation during a recent visit to Education City.
The family news release quoted Ahmed as saying, "I loved the city of Doha because it's so modern. I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities. The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun too."
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