Ahmed Mohamed will move to Qatar with his family

‘Clock kid’ Ahmed Mohamed will continue his studies in Qatar after winning scholarship from Qatar Foundation for Education Science, Community Development

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Ahmed Mohamed, 14, seen holding a suitcase as he arrives home in Irving, Texas.

Ahmed Mohamed, a Muslim boy from Texas, whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, has been granted a scholarship abroad and will soon be living in Qatar, the family said on Tuesday.

Ahmed has confirmed the scholarship offered by Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development and will study at the Doha Academy.

“After careful consideration of all the generous offers received, we would like to announce that we have accepted a kind offer from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) for Ahmed to join the prestigious QF Young Innovators Program, which reflects the organization’s on-going dedication to empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity,” the Mohamed family said in a statement.

The announcement of Ahmed’s move came after the US President, Barack Obama personally invited him to the White House on Monday.

President Obama arranged an astronomy night on Monday at the White House to celebrate scientists, teachers and astronauts.

"I learned that people would always be there to support you when there's injustice," Mohamed said, adding "There's a ton that I learned ... I'm trying to get a message of how you shouldn't judge a person by what they look like. You should always judge a person by their heart."

Ahmed received support from scientists, politicians and celebrities, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Just over a month ago, Mohamed had brought his crude digital clock which he made at home to school. His English teacher assumed the mechanism was a bomb. Mohamed said as soon as he saw "her eyebrows go up," he knew was in trouble. He was arrested and suspended from school.

Mohamed made the clock to impress his engineering teacher, "but instead, I impressed the world," he said.

“I really enjoyed my time at Education City where I met other kids, like me who are part of the Young Innovators Program,” Mohamed said in a statement. “Qatar is a cool place to visit. I loved the city of Doha because it’s so modern.”


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