When Shageldi Ovezov first attended EducationUSA events in Turkmenistan, he was very excited to learn about tuition-free colleges in the U.S. Shageldi is now a rising junior at Berea College, where he secured a full scholarship for 4 years of studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.
“Initially, it was very hard for me to navigate through the myriad of scholarship opportunities in the U.S., and I didn’t know how to choose the best-fit college. By attending the EducationUSA center in Turkmenistan, I received valuable information on how to reflect on myself better, identify and choose what’s best for me, and be a successful college applicant, which ultimately, saved a great amount of time and finances.
Shageldi has been an active student at Berea College, having started a Developer Student Clubs chapter on campus. Developer Student Clubs is a program run by Google Developers to empower university students to build technical solutions for the local problems. He is now interning at Major League Hacking, being selected as one of 150 participants out of 20,000 applicants. As an intern, Shageldi contributes to over 6 open-source software projects, which is an impactful work where more than 800,000 projects depend on the software that he contributes to.
He states: “At this point, I would like to acknowledge #EducationUSA. I was part of Turkmenabat Undergraduate Cohort Advising (UCA), a 10-month intensive college preparation program that was like no other in guiding me to get ready to study in the United States. Due to the program, I was eligible for an Opportunity Grant that covered my travel expenses all the way to Berea. I’m very grateful for the program for investing in my education”.
Instagram account of Shageldi: @shageldi_ovezov
Bahar Mammetgurbanova – EducationUSA Turkmenistan cohort alumna and American Corner volunteer, who is currently on FLEX program, studying in 12th grade at Stanley-Boyd high school, Wisconsin. Bahar was spotlighted at the Stanley-Boyd high school official page for her successful academic studies and for being a great ambassador of her home country – Turkmenistan. She has done a remarkable job studying at the US high school, being an active Stanley-Boyd Basketball JV player, and representing her country through over 10 cultural events that had more than 200 visitors in attendance. She is finishing her high school program in May 21, 2020 and is very excited for a new journey when returning back home.
Bahar now actively attends EducationUSA webinars and virtual information sessions to become a strong applicant at a US college or university for Fall 2021. Well done and way to go Bahar!
Bagul Mammedova, EdUSA cohort alumna and Opportunity Program recipient, who is currently a freshman at Jamestown Community College, NY received summer internship offer at the International Institute of Buffalo, NY. Bagul will be begin her internship at the New American Integration Department as a Project Research and Development Intern from June to September. 2020. The Institute is an organization that assists immigrants and refugees coming to the U.S. by welcoming, helping with the settlement, and employment process.
It has a partnership with multiple organizations and national agencies such as the United Nations, The U.S. Department of State, USCRI, New American Economy and many more. The Internship is unpaid, and Bagul will be part of a team that organizes new cultural events and programs in Western New York (WNY). Bagul feels very excited and “honored to be a part of the internship program because of the Institute’s mission goals, which is to integrate foreigners in WNY and enrich the community with new cultures”.
As part of her internship duty, she will be “assisting to organize and prepare for the next Model UN, creating and developing new events, and helping to improve English language programs for refugees and immigrants”. Bagul believes the internship experience will provide an enormous opportunity for the hands-on that closely aligns with her college major and future profession in Global Studies.