Apex Friendship Graduate Receives Inaugural $50,000 Scholarship from Almac Group

September 2, 2021

Scholarship established in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation to support next generation

Durham, North Carolina –  2 September 2021 – Almac Group is delighted to announce that Khadeeja Ali Syeda, a 2021 graduate of Apex Friendship High School, has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Almac Group Scholarship, and will receive $50,000 over the next four years.

After an independent review by Triangle Community Foundation’s seasoned scholarship committee, Khadeeja was named this year’s recipient due to her impressive academic performance and involvement in the community, interest in pursuing a STEM career, and powerful personal statement. She will attend North Carolina State University and will receive, in addition to tuition assistance, mentorship opportunities and unique exposure to Almac Group’s career opportunities in the global pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

Commented Donna Christopher, Global VP of Operations, Almac Clinical Services, “Almac and the McClay Foundation support students in overcoming barriers to education across the world, and I am so pleased that we have expanded our reach to create opportunity here in the Triangle region. On behalf of Almac, we are excited to offer the inaugural Almac Group Scholarship to Khadeeja Ali Syeda, whom we had the recent pleasure of meeting at our facility in Durham prior to her first day at North Carolina State University. She is an impressive student who is well-prepared to succeed, and we look forward to continuing to forge a relationship with her as we provide support to help chart her success during her college career and beyond.”

Commented Khadeeja Ali Syeda, “”I would like to thank Almac for their generosity. This scholarship will alleviate much of the financial burden I had due to the cost of my education, and will make it easier for me to pursue my goals. I am honored to have been the recipient of this award, and I am excited for the opportunities it will open up for me in the future.”

The Almac Group Scholarship Fund was established in Spring2021 in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation to support a substantial, multi-year scholarship award for a selected first-year college student in the Triangle region. Triangle Community Foundation is responsible for scholarship administration and independent evaluation of scholarship candidates, and the McClay Foundation, which wholly owns the Almac Group, is the sole financier of the Fund and its subsequent awards, including this year’s award.

Commented Julia Da Silva, Scholarships Officer at Triangle Community Foundation, “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Almac Group to support Khadeeja through her college journey and see her join our community of scholars. We can’t wait to see the positive impact she will have on her community and the amazing things she will do with the degree she has chosen to pursue.”

The McClay Foundation was established by the late Sir Allen McClay, one of Northern Ireland’s most distinguished entrepreneurs and philanthropists and founder of Almac Group, with the vision to “make a meaningful improvement and advance human health,” through the contributions of Almac Group’s innovative family of companies and support to a wide range of global charitable organizations.


About Almac Group

A unique culture delivering exceptional solutions

The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation providing an extensive range of integrated services across the drug development lifecycle to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally.

Its innovative services range from R&D, biomarker discovery development and commercialisation, API manufacture, analytical services, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IRT (IVRS/IWRS) through to commercial-scale manufacture.

The international company is a privately owned organisation which has grown organically over the past five decades now employing over 6,000 highly skilled personnel across 18 facilities including Europe, the US and Asia.

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About Triangle Community Foundation

Triangle Community Foundation is building a brighter future for everyone in the Triangle region of North Carolina. By working with dedicated donors and strong nonprofits, we are able to guide gifts in a strategic way to fill in gaps, reduce inequities, and solve the region’s most pressing challenges. Since 1983, we have envisioned a Triangle that works together so everyone can thrive. Learn more and join us at trianglecf.org.


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