“My name is Mohamed Abdihalim. I am a radiologist with St Paul Radiology. I am so grateful that there are people like the Wallins in this world. Mr. Winston Wallin had a vision and a goal. He knew the power of education in uplifting people from their situations and building better communities. He and Maxine Wallin worked on that vison and as a result there are thousands of young people in the Twin Cities that have benefited from that. My wife and I are among them. This program has not only helped me pay some of the college expenses but more importantly provided mentoring and advice that was equally helpful.
I was fortunate enough to be a Wallin Scholar in college. My advisor through the Wallin program offered a lot of advice and checked in on me in college. Over the years, I have seen many friends and former Wallin Scholars who have gone on to do great things in their communities, including my wife who has a master’s degree and works with people with disabilities. This program gives people the tools to better themselves which is one of the best gifts you can give someone. I am proud to have been part of it.”