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Feb. 10, 2009
Isioma Clement Nwadozi is the first recipient of The Society of International Ambassadors Scholarship, a $500 award created solely for Northwest Missouri State University international students.
Nwadozi, a sophomore pre-med major from Nigeria, is involved in the Office of Residential Life's BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences) program that helps bridge the gap between cultural perceptions among students. He also is the secretary for the African Friends Association.
"When the committee reviewed the SIA scholarship candidates, we were impressed by the quality of each candidate," said Phil Laber, International Programs and Studies Committee chairperson and professor of art. "However, we selected Isioma for the scholarship because we saw in his application a demonstrated commitment to the University collectively through his campus leadership, quality essay and superior grade point average."
Coming to the United States for an education had been a dream of Nwadozi's since he was a child.
"Going to school in the United States was my very first option because I had heard so much about the U.S.A., and I was curious to find out more about it for myself," Nwadozi said. "When I found out that I had been accepted to Northwest I was ecstatic, excited and yet extremely nervous."
Nwadozi's scholarship was made possible thanks to members of the Society of International Ambassadors, an organization launched in 2005 by the Northwest Foundation to assist international students through Northwest's Intercultural and International Center.
Members' financial contributions have helped create a scholarship for international students who wish to continue their education at Northwest beyond their first year. Gifts to the SIA also help broaden the Celebration of Culture Series and expand the International Emergency Fund.
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