MC Foundation Student Story

Alaa Sharaf
Alaa Sharaf '21

Alaa Sharaf, a Magruder High School graduate, is the first student member of the board. She was home schooled for the first two years of high school, when she attended an online university. At MC, she is a Montgomery Scholars student, studying public health and economics, and is immersed in numerous clubs and activities. 

“I myself have benefited from the work the foundation does.” Sharaf says, “I am excited to be able to give back, and to help the people who are working to make sure every MC student has the opportunity they deserve to learn without overwhelming financial burdens.” 

Outside of a heavy academic workload (she is waiting on approval for an 18–21 credit hour semester this fall), Sharaf volunteers at shock trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center, as well as other human rights and religious organizations. She is employed as a communications associate at Mercy Without Limits, a humanitarian relief organization. At MC, she founded the Advocacy for Community Empowerment (ACE) Club, which aims to educate/promote women’s empowerment. 

“My parents are Egyptian. My mother is a retired OB/GYN, and my father is a scientist. Growing up, they always taught us we have an obligation to help others through volunteer work, nonprofits, and working with victims.” Sharaf is the seventh of 10 children. “I eventually want to study trauma medicine and work with victims of genderbased violence (GBV) and sexual assault in crisis zones.


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