Mohammad Zia, a UMD student majoring in individual studies, is Maryland’s newest Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship is the nation’s most selective and prestigious award for underclassmen with exceptional leadership potential and a commitment to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in the public service.
Zia has extensive leadership and community service accomplishments. He has been coordinator for the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program and has volunteered at orphanages and youth service centers in Tanzania, Morocco, and Senegal. He has held federal government internships with the Department of Justice and USAID, and he is currently interning at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. Last summer, he participated in the Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, a six-week program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs.
As part of UMD's Individual Studies Program, Zia has self-designed his major: global diplomacy & development. His long-term goal is to work on improving diplomatic and economic relations between the United States and Muslim majority nations.