My name is Maseeh Siddiqui; I am a transfer student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at San Diego State College. Growing up I have always been interested in school and modifying household items to serve a better purpose to make my families lives better.
I am the second youngest of 8 children; my family emigrated from Afghanistan to the United States in 1991 due to the war and living conditions. My family decided to move after a close family friend was executed in front of his wife and kids for not obeying the Taliban’s orders. We had come to America with absolutely nothing to live on, with no knowledge of the culture or language. My family lived on public assistance and food stamps in order to house and feed us. As soon as I turned 15 I had no choice but to find a job to help out with bills. I saved my money and purchased a car and in multiple occasions I had two jobs while going to school part time.
In 2008 I got a great job with AT&T mobility as a sales rep, although it was a high stress job I was making more money and was able to go to school without worrying about getting a second job. The happiest day of my life was when I got my acceptance letter to SDSU and I cried, I knew that this was the turning point of my life. I have been trying to support myself on the bare minimum in order to attend school because becoming a mechanical engineering is my dream job and I will do the everything I can in order to reach my goal.
In the year that I have been at SDSU I have received a 3.36 GPA while attending full time, I know the importance of a great education. I believe I am a great candidate for this scholarship because of my determination and the struggles that I have faced and still facing. If you do consider me for this scholarship I can guarantee you one thing, EVERY single penny will be put to good use and you will be investing in my dream job and with this education I will be changing the world by new automotive designs that are safer and will save millions of lives.