Student, 18, who was rejected by Cambridge University is awarded a £250,000 scholarship at MIT

Aug 15, 2019 by

  • Mohammed Isuf Ahmed, 18, will study physics and aerospace at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after turning down Harvard
  • The son of an immigrant single mother was rejected from Cambridge University
  • Boy from central London said he is fulfilling his dream of studying astrophysics 
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The son of an immigrant single mother has been awarded a £250,000 scholarship at the world’s top university – after being rejected by Cambridge.

Mohammed Isuf Ahmed, 18, won a place to study physics and aerospace engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also received an offer from another leading US university, Harvard.

Isuf, who lives in central London with his mother Shifa Begum and two younger brothers, said he is fulfilling his dream of becoming an astrophysicist.

He has always been interested in space and used to spend his evenings staring at the moon through a telescope. Isuf was among a group from Newham Collegiate Sixth Form to travel to MIT’s campus last year.

While studying for A-levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, he sat US tests to assess aptitude and critical thinking, leading to the scholarship offer.

‘I got rejected by Cambridge and I was heartbroken,’ he said. ‘I honestly didn’t think I would get into the US universities if I couldn’t get in here.

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