When Shawn and Shari Zamani emigrated from Iran in 2012, the siblings were still learning to speak English.
Now, just six years later, they’re receiving bachelor degrees from the USF College of Public Health and hope to continue making an impact in the lives of those who may cross their paths.
As the recipient of this semester’s Outstanding Graduate Award, Shawn has been remarkably active both on and off campus. He’s conducted research on USF’s tobacco-free policy, and he serves as the director of public health at the USF BRDIGE Healthcare Clinic.
His older sister, Shari, is graduating as a King O’Neal Scholar with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and she has participated in the USF Foundation’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program.
Both plan to continue their education through graduate school. They say their experiences at USF have helped shape who they want to become and the impact they want to have on the world.
Story by Aaron Hilf, USF Communications