In 2013, the Naz Bokhari Award was presented to Omar Ouladissa by Imran Sanaullah, the inaugural winner of the Naz Bokhari Award. Omar attained a place at Queen Mary, University of London, to study Maths with Finance and Accounting.
Omar gave an acceptance speech, saying: “I would like to thank everyone for the support they have given me, the staff at Ernest Bevin College and my peers. I am not use to winning awards, this is a surprise, a pleasant surprise and I hope to do this award, the Foundation and the previous winner justice.”
Imran said: “It is often said that ‘the youth are our future’, but the Naz Legacy Foundation is one of the few organisations that actually aims to invest in the future by proving young people with the support when they really need it, thus continuing the legacy of the late Mr Bokhari. Having been in Omar’s shoes just a year ago I can say that he will gain an abundance of benefits from this Award and as I said tonight, this award can change your life – as it has mine… I am looking forward to see how Omar progresses in the future and he has my complete support.”
Omar received many messages of support, including from Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, who said: “This award is an honour, and quite rightly acknowledges all your hard work and dedication throughout your time at sixth form, which has impressed your peers and teachers. Your work ethic impressed your principals, Mike Chivers and Rukhsana Sheikh who have chosen you from a competitive short list for this prize.”