This scholarship is in memoriam of Haris Suleman who was a student at Plainfield High School. In the summer before his senior year, Haris embarked on a journey with his father to bring awareness to the lack of education for the poor in Pakistan. With over 80% of their journey complete, Haris and his father lost their lives when their plane crashed off of the coast of American Samoa. Despite leaving their journey incomplete, their cause and legacy lives on through their accomplishments during their journey, as well as projects like this scholarship in their memory.
The scholarship will be awarded to students who exemplify characteristics that Haris embodied. Although Haris was smart and athletic, what he was most known for was his kind soul and passion for helping others. This scholarship is not awarded solely on academic merit, athletic prowess or involvement in extra-curricular activities. Those are commendable qualities, of course, but that is not all this world needs. The world needs dreamers and adventurers.
We can’t all fly around the world or give our lives for the cause we believe in. But no matter the size of the impact, each one of us has the ability to change the world we live in to some degree. In addition to satisfying the criteria, applicants must answer the three writing prompts to the best of their abilities. A panel will review each submission. There is currently one confirmed scholarship award of $5,000 but more (in the same amount) may be awarded based on additional endowments.
“There is a part of everyone that craves discovery and adventure and we have chosen to live out this craving. Breaking out of the routine of day to day life requires bravery in more than one form… I could have easily and quietly gone around the world and satisfied myself, but my father and I decided that we wanted to do this for a purpose and a cause. Why does any explorer undertake the necessary risks in order to accomplish their dream? Because that person has a drive, they have a focus, and they have a need to explore that dream.”
2015 Scholarship Winners
The first Haris Suleman Memorial Scholarship was awarded to graduates from Haris' graduating Class of 2015. This year's winners were Emily Jane Hunter (IU), Erin Wagoner (IUPUI), Korey Lamb (IUPUI), Jenna Lautenschlager (Purdue)!
Application Requirements for Students:
Application Writing Prompt: