Tasneem Essader studies at a residence hall at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Dec. 2, 2017.
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DETROIT: When it came to pursuing a scientific career, Tasneem Essader encountered forces pulling her in and pushing her away: she drew inspiration from her mother's work in chemistry, but initial discouragement from her engineer father, who thought she should do something else.The scholarship, established at the Dearborn, Michigan-based Center for Arab American Philanthropy with money from Alousi's family trust, is believed to be the first of its kind for Muslim American women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Essader is in the inaugural class of 11 recipients of the scholarship, named after a scientist who helped develop a pioneering drug treatment for congestive heart failure in the 1980s.Alousi, who died in 2010, was an Iraq-born Muslim who had to fight to earn recognition in a male-dominated field.
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