Gambold Prep student Jacob Campbell wins the first Haris Suleman Excellence Award  Many of our Indianapolis Public Schools serve the community, but one young man received special recognition for his commitment to aiding students overseas. Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School sophomore Jacob Campbell was recently presented with the Haris Suleman Excellence Award by Seeds of Learning.

Haris Suleman was half of the father and son team attempting to fly around the world in 30 days to raise money for Seeds of Learning which builds schools in Pakistan. Unfortunately, the plane crashed and both men were lost. To honor them, this year’s Seeds of Learning banquet was dedicated to honoring their efforts. The award was established to recognize other young people that are dedicated to the power and importance of education in building a better world.

“While at Sidener Academy and now at Gambold, Jacob has taken a keen interest in Seeds of Learning,” said the organization’s board president Azher Khan. “At Sidener he spearheaded a drive to collect backpacks which were sent to young students in Pakistan who typically carry books in their arms. Jacob is extremely concerned with the lack of resources amongst poor students in Pakistan. Jacob is a caring young man who possesses excellent leadership skills.”

“I am so honored to be the recipient of the Haris Suleman award,” said Jacob. “Haris Suleman, like Malala Yousafzai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize…was extraordinary in his achievements and helped a very noble cause. Pakistani children will continue to benefit from his philanthropy for years to come despite his untimely passing. In his memory, I will continue his legacy and raise money for all children to get an education. Let us all work together to create a more educated and peaceful world.”

To learn more about Seeds of Learning and how you can assist in their efforts, visit www.solhope.org.​