Hyderabad: Three students from financially strained backgrounds, studying in Telangana Social Welfare Residential Degree colleges for women, bagged international fellowships in the United States.
Shirisha, whose parents work as laborers, will be pursuing a course in early childhood in Jamestown Community college, New York.
“I never imagined in my wildest dreams that one day I would board a plane and go to the USA given our family’s poor economic situation,” she remarked. Further, she added that it is a dream come true for her to study in New York.
Daughter of farmworkers, Preeti got selected in an Agricultural course in Sinclair Community College, Ohio, while Blossom, from LB Nagar Degree College was selected for Baltimore Community College, USA.
In a statement, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutional Society (TSWREIS) said that the journey of Shirisha, Blossom and Preethi offer a fascinating account of student’s will to chase their American dream despite hailing from humble family backgrounds, and in fact, abject poverty, and deprivation didn’t snuff out the indomitable human spirit within them in shining bright in academics.
The trio proved their academic brilliance and English communication skills and came out with flying colors in several rounds of interviews conducted by the American Consulate in India.
The government of the United States awarded the prestigious community college initiate program (CCIP), fellowships to these three students to enable them to pursue studies in community colleges in the USA.
Ronald Rose, secretary of TSWREIS, congratulated the students for their stupendous achievement and presented laptops to them.
He said: “Under the guidance of the chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and minister for scheduled caste development department, Koppula Eeshwar, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions have made rapid strides in encouraging students to pursue higher studies.”
Further, he added that 20 students of TSWREIS have made it to the American Community Colleges in the last six years.