Wagner University, Staten Island, New York


Qamarnisa came to the United States through the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund (AGFAF) program to pursue her education which seemed far-fetched in her native country, Afghanistan. She completed three years of high school at St. Margaret’s School in Maryland where she embraced opportunities with enthusiasm, excelling in academics and taking leadership roles such as peer leader and playing sport.  

Following her high school graduation, Qamarnisa got in touch with Wagner’s vice president through AGFAF. After visiting and learning about different colleges, she chose Wagner to explore health sciences. Wagner has been an ideal platform to continue her leadership roles and community engagement. She has been a Bonner leader since her freshman year. She served as the president of Muslim Students Association and International Connections Club in 2017-2018. 

Qamarnisa is majoring in medical anthropology and has completed pre-med requirements. She has been on the dean’s list twice during her college career.

Another highlight of her time at Wagner is the establishment of a library in Afghanistan. Qamarnisa established Andeshagah Library in the summer of 2017 with direct supervision of AGFAF board member Joe Highland and the financial support of AGFAF. It is the first functioning/active library at Sayed-u-Shuhada girls school which has 7000 students. Andeshagah's chief goal is to promote a reading culture and provide a safe place for girls to explore books. 

Upon completion of her education, Qamarnisa plans to return to her home country and use her acquired knowledge and skills working in the health sector and fighting along her peers for gender equality and a better Afghanistan.