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Hadi Gharabaghi (B.A. in Visual Arts with a concentration in Art History and Theory - 2006) is currently enrolled in the graduate program in Cinema Studies at the Skirball Center for New Media, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. In 2006 Hadi was one of only 34 students in the nation to be awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship that honors high achieving students with financial need. Considered one of the most generous U.S. academic awards, it provides up to $50,000 per year for up to six years of graduate or professional study in any field. Originally from Iran where he studied math and physics in high school, Hadi Gharabaghi became interested in the arts and humanities while at Montgomery College, and later transferred to UMBC. His work has been exhibited at Caladan Gallery, Current Gallery, Iranian.com, the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, Montgomery College and at UMBC. Hadi received a Undergraduate Research Award in 2004 and a 2007 Academic Excellence award from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UMBC. After receiving his master's degree Hadi plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Media Studies and teach at the university level.
Hadi Gharabaghi's outstanding academic achievements, generous personality and determination to succeed against all odds - he arrived in the USA as a refugee from Iran via Pakistan - represent the best of an Honors University.
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