Six EducationUSA cohorts’ alumni from Turkmenistan are completing their Associates degree at Snow College and successfully transferring to 4-year institutions to complete their Bachelor’s degree in the US. In fact, the “2+2” pathway is very popular in Turkmenistan and both students and parents find it to be the most affordable and viable way in getting a US degree. As a result, four of these cohorts’ alumni are going to pursue their Bachelor’s degree at Northwest Missouri State University (NMSU), whereas others are going into Dixie State University, Southern Utah University and Utah Valley University in Fall 2020 with generous scholarship awards.
Further, Dr. Phillip Hull, Director at International Involvement Center notes that the NMSU “has a transfer agreement with Snow College”, and shares this as a great example of a successful collaboration and partnership between the US HEIs and EducationUSA. Snow College and Northwest Missouri State University were both among participating institutions at the EducationUSA Fall 2019 Central Asia Tour.
EducationUSA Turkmenistan Opportunity Funds Alumna, Zarina Davletova graduated from Garden City Community College in Kansas and attended virtual graduation of the 100th Commencement Ceremony on May 9, 2020.
Furthermore, Zarina was chosen as a commencement speaker and also was announced as an Outstanding Female Graduate of the Class of 2020 for her academic excellence and extraordinary commitment to community service.
She received the Associate of Science degree and completed the program with 4.0 GPA. During her academic studies, Zarina has demonstrated her leadership by becoming a member of many student club organizations and served as the Residential Life Adviser, Math and Economics Tutor in the College Comprehensive Learning Center.
In addition, she has been named PTK All-Kansas Academic team along with the 50 other Scholars in the state too.
Currently, Zarina is transferring to the Mississippi State University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Math and Economics major
To view virtual commencement ceremony and Zarina’s commencement speech, please follow the link: https://youtu.be/b_vt6oB12wY
Serdar Gayybov is a FLEX’17 and UCA’18 alumnus and a current freshmen student at the Central Wyoming College (CWC) who was published in the local “The Sunday Ranger” newspaper as a Student of the Week. Serdar is pursuing a Health Science major in a hope to become a nurse practitioner in the future. He has finished his first semester of the 17 credits coursework witha 3.78 GPA and has been included into the Dean’s list. Serdar is a part of the “IDea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)” group, where he is involved in “sequencing the genome of Culex tarsals mosquito, the major carrier of West Nile and West Nile encephalitis viruses”.
At the same time, Serdar serves as a student ambassador and has just signed a contract to play soccer at the CWC. One of his English professors, Dr. Tilton noted that Serdar “… stands out in class in not only academic achievements but also as a positive influence… dedicated to learning, and a pleasure to work with”. Serdar is very active both in academic and social life and has noted that one of his biggest personal achievement is that he feels “welcomed despite being an international student… there is always someone who would go out and play soccer with you and provide a helping hand whenever is needed”.