We need to help our community build their future and not just the present. Give a Day to LUMS is a perfect initiative to do that!
What our Donors Say
- Bashir KhawajaBSc 1999Bashir Khawaja
- Zaheer KhanBSc 2004
I see my time at LUMS as one of the most formative experiences that has shaped my curiosity, vision, network, and career in general. I was personally a beneficiary of the need-based financial aid program and know fully well how access to a LUMS experience could be a turning point for many.
For me, therefore, responding to Mr. Babar Ali's call to the alumni and contributing to this campaign is just paying it forward in my humble capacity, one little step at a time.Zaheer Khan
- Fariyha SubhaniMBA 1989
I contributed because people who cannot pay their way through, should be able to join this great place of learning and contribute to a better Pakistan. I would encourage others to do the same as good education is fundamental to economic development.Fariyha Subhani
- Muhammad Saad KhanMBA 2006
Our life is an outcome of the choices that we make and the experience that we gain. For me, LUMS is not just my Alma Mater that gave me 6 of the most rewarding years of my life, but also a living testament to the fact that I made the best choice and gained the most meaningful experiences by signing up to the promise of LUMS. And now it is time for me and for many others like me to enable LUMS to help more such individuals out there to make the best choice and gain the most meaningful experiences. #DonationMattersMuhammad Saad Khan
- Abeer HamidMBA 2012
It gives me immense joy to contribute to 'Give a Day to LUMS campaign'. LUMS has given me a new perspective on life and has opened up avenues of opportunities for me. It has changed the lives of many and is still continuing its mission.Abeer Hamid
Messages for Alumni
Hear from our Scholars
- Sardar Karim
In the tranquil valleys of Gilgit is where a starry-eyed boy dreamt of going where no one has gone before. A son of a carpenter and a homemaker, Karim’s journey from his humble beginnings to LUMS to the highest echelons of academia at Harvard is a story to be reckoned with. Karim shares that life for him has always been a series of challenges. He recalls his family struggling to buy his books and paying his fees as well as his isolation at not being able to afford the things his school friends could. However, he overcame all these hurdles in life through sheer determination. He believes that he came from a village where questioning the elders, traditions and long-held beliefs was not encouraged. At LUMS, he witnessed that one could question anything and everything. He felt it was tough to balance between two societies where one was reserved and the other one, arguably, more liberal. However, the lesson ultimately was to maintain that balance well.
He states that the academic rigour at LUMS, the night-long assessment preparations, the environment of an open discussion and a group of students who are ready to take on the world – all prepare you for any challenge you face. He recalls that adjusting to life in Lahore and LUMS itself was no easy feat.
“LUMS is an environment where students come from diverse backgrounds and from different class structures. The transition to this life takes a toll on anybody and it certainly did for me. As I did not speak Urdu well (English was even worse), I felt insecure due to my accent. However, I worked hard academically and that hard work ultimately paid off,” he explains. Currently, as Manager Economics Advisory at PwC Dubai, Karim uses the tools obtained from his academics at LUMS and Harvard to advise various governments in the Middle East on their economic policies and reforms.
“If anything, all these experiences have made me who I am today. I want to come across as someone who knows what he is talking about, a voice in public policy and a source of strength and hope for those millions who are not born with a silver spoon. I have conducted a few motivational speeches in universities and student conventions with an aim of making them dream and hope for better in life. I have guided and spent hours assisting students from underserved areas to find the next best opportunity where they can shine,” he shares.
“My advice to the younger talent of our country is never forget your roots because that is where you will find your strength to stand the test of winds as well as the nourishment to grow,” he says.Sardar Karim
- Adeela SarfarazBSc 2009
Sarfaraz is an Accounting and Finance major who graduated from LUMS in 2009. She joined the NOP in 2005 as one of the two very first female students in the Programme. She had seen her family through a lot of struggle after her father’s accident, but never gave up on her passion for education. She says it was only through financial support at LUMS that she could realise her and her father’s dream of her graduating from university. During her time at LUMS, Sarfaraz not only excelled academically but was a part of various societies and activities at the University. She actively participated in the Young Leader’s & Entrepreneur’s Summit and LUMS Model United Nations and was on the girls’ basketball team and a part of the Music Society. One of her most memorable experiences at LUMS was volunteering for the NOP Summer Coaching Sessions, which instilled in her a drive to help people around her.
Sarfaraz went to Austria in her senior year as part of a student exchange programme with LUMS. After graduating from LUMS, she joined Deloitte London in 2010, one of the Big 4 financial services firms in the world. She rose through the ranks to become a Manager in Audit and is a full member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is now working as a Financial Controller for a New York Stock Exchange listed US business in the technology sector and is doing exceptionally well for herself.
“I am the person I am today because of LUMS and the NOP,” she says with immense pride. According to Sarfaraz, LUMS has a great balance for the provision of academic excellence and training for the corporate world. She however had to work hard to get where she is. She recalls a number of academically stressful situations during her undergraduate years, which strengthened her resolve to never give up. She later also had to manage her professional as well as personal life which required making many difficult choices. She is of the view that one should maintain a certain level of balance in his/her life and says that her family is always going to stay her topmost priority regardless of the growth in her career.
Sarfaraz has many aspirations in terms of helping the community and has taken part in various projects during her time at LUMS (CARE, SOS and NOP). She has volunteered at Deloitte for numerous community projects that help the underprivileged pupils in the government schools of London. She has also put in efforts to raise awareness amongst these students about Deloitte’s various schemes to help them.
“I have strong motivation and drive to give back to my country and make Pakistan better in the little way I can. I would love to return to LUMS in the near future and work on helping and improving my community,” she says.
- Waqas HaiderBSc 2019
As the son of a tea stall vendor in a far-off village called Basti Dhup Sari near Multan, Haider first heard about the LUMS National Outreach Programme from his seniors at Ali Trust College, Islamabad. He had been studying on scholarships throughout his life and it was clear to him from the very beginning that if he wanted to continue his studies, he would have to secure a scholarship for university too. The NOP Scholarship turned out to be the one for him. He highlights the impact of NOP in his life not just in terms of alleviating his financial struggles, but also in contributing to his personal and professional development. It was the support he received from LUMS that motivated him to launch his own organisation called Chiraagh, which aims to bridge the socioeconomic gap by empowering the youth of Pakistan.
“My biggest achievement at LUMS was founding Chiraagh and finding the right set of people who supported me through the easy and hard days. Chiraagh is a platform through which I collected PKR 7.5 million and now support the education of over 100 students including students from LUMS, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Forman Christian College University and others. We provide communication skills training to more than 2,000 school-going students and 700+ university students and will be launching Chiraagh Vocational Training School for Women in my own village very soon,” he says.
These achievements led Haider to be the first valedictorian of LUMS, an honour he says will always be a moment of pride for him and his family, especially as a he was a student who used to lack the confidence to speak publicly. He appreciates the great pool of networks that LUMS has provided and attributes them for helping him in his professional career. Although he graduated with a degree in Management Science, he realised his passion for the education sector during his last semester at LUMS, and is currently working with ‘Teach for Pakistan’, understanding the ground realities of the sector. In future, he aims to work at the policymaking level.
“I would strongly recommend the NOP scholarship because if you are passionate about achieving your dreams, exploring different fields, and being the best version of yourself, but can’t manage it financially, there is no better opportunity than the NOP for you. You just need to have commitment, passion, grit and resilience to be the agent of change.”Waqas Haider
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