Two NYU students have been named Luce Scholars for 2019-2020: Lama Ahmad, a senior from NYU Abu Dhabi, and Alfonso Morgan-Terrero, a 2019 graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts.

The Henry Luce Foundation

Two New York University students have been named Luce Scholars for 2019-2020: Lama Ahmad, a senior from NYU Abu Dhabi, and Alfonso Morgan-Terrero, a 2019 graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts.

Ahmad and Morgan-Terrero were among the 18 Luce Scholars selected this year, with NYU and the University of Chicago as the only institutions with more than one student selected—each school has two 2019-2020 Luce Scholars.

Ahmad is the first student from NYUAD to receive this award. A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Ahmad is majoring in Social Research and Public Policy, with a minor in Interactive Media and Technology. She serves as president of the organization Women Empowered in STEM and established an annual STEM conference for high school girls in Abu Dhabi. Ahmad has volunteered with the Girls Education Network on design thinking workshops and taught creative coding classes at STEMFest at NYU. In addition, she worked on political engagement education for Muslim-Americans as a Congressional Advocacy Intern at the Poligon Education Fund and is on the founding team of a start-up called Equal To, which is focused on bringing data and technology to non-profit organizations and women-owned start-ups.

Morgan-Terrero, born and raised in the Bronx of immigrant parents from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, studied filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in January of 2019. He has worked as a volunteer in the Caribbean, South America, North Africa, and China. Morgan-Terrero’s thesis film, Champions, is about unrequited love between two baseball players growing up in the Bronx; it was selected as a finalist for NYU’s George H. Heinneman Post Production Grant. He currently works as an English Teacher at Success Academy Harlem North Central Middle School.

Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the program supports year-long post-undergraduate students to pursue professional experiences in East Asia.