Eden Prairie Man Chosen as a 2018 Bush Fellow
An Eden Prairie man is one of 24 people to be selected as a Bush Fellow for 2018.
According to the Eden Prairie News, Asad Aliweyd was named a 2018 Bush Fellow, which provides fellowship recipients with up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership attributes and skills.
Aliweyd said he wants to improve access to culturally appropriate financing for home and business loans for people in the East African and Muslim communities, the report said.
Aliweyd is a member of the Somali community and the executive director of the New American Development Center, a nonprofit organization focused on lowering the poverty rate of refugees, immigrants and low-income skilled workers in the East African and Somali communities.
With the fellowship dollars, Aliweyd will reportedly finish his doctorate and he will use the remaining dollars to work toward creating a funding program that could be replicated in other cities across Minnesota or the United States.
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