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18-year-old girl survives cancer, graduates high school with 4.77GPA, wins full scholarship to New York University

18-year-old, Aya Osman who courageously fought cancer while pursuing her education, has triumphed over adversity to graduate from high school with an impressive 4.77 grade point average.

Her outstanding performance earned her a full scholarship to study for her undergraduate degree at New York University in the United States. Aya is an African American student from Orange Park, Florida who graduated Summa Cum Laude (honors)

Aya discovered a lump at the age of 12 and was later diagnosed with cancer. To get rid of the tumor in her arm, she underwent a severe treatment that took her six months of chemotherapy sessions and was scheduled for every three weeks, with each session followed by a three-day hospital stay.

Despite the excessive time of her treatment, she gave no room for cancer to dictate her life’s journey, rather she engaged in schoolwork and other activities as a form of distraction while in the hospital bed.

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“It helped to distract yourself, and no matter what it may be, whether it was piano or schoolwork, It definitely helps curb the side effects of such a great diagnosis. It helps keep put your mind at ease and keeps you focused about something else,’’ she said.

Throughout her treatment, Aya’s mother brought her laptop to the hospital, ensuring she could keep up with her studies and diligently maintained her International Baccalaureate schedule while the doctors monitored her health progress.

“I did everything on my laptop, so you know, I was laying down on my hospital bed and the nurses would come in checking heart rate, checking my temperature and whatnot, while I would be rushing to finish an essay for IB history or English or having the distraction of schoolwork, to be able to focus on something else really helped,” Aya said.


Aya’s dedication and tireless efforts yielded remarkable results as she graduated with the highest honors from high school. She stated that she has nurtured a passion for neurology from a young age. 

However, her diagnosis of cancer almost put her dream on hold, but Aya remained persistent and chose not to dwell on the circumstances, instead, she adopted a step-by-step approach to life and focused on the present moment.

Aya’s exceptional achievements and perseverance caught the attention of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, a charitable organization committed to providing financial and emotional support to children battling cancer.

She was awarded a full scholarship to pursue her undergraduate degree at New York University in the United States. Now that she is cancer-free, Aya wants to pursue a major in Biology with her scholarship, setting the stage for her future endeavors in Neurology.


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