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Celebrating 10 Years of the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship 2011-2021

The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship promotes educational access and opportunity while enhancing international diversity. Bringing together the best of AU - academic excellence, leadership development, and global engagement - the AU Emerging Global Leader achieves, inspires, and serves with vision. The AU EGL is dedicated to positive civic and social change, and will return home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in their home country.

This most prestigious scholarship covers tuition, fees, housing, and board and is available for only one international student per year. It is renewable for a total of up to four years of undergraduate study. Each year, the Office of Enrollment receives almost 1,000 inquiries from international students around the world, and approximately 100 students apply. Five AU EGLS finalists are identified and must complete a rigorous series of Zoom interviews and special essays before a candidate is selected. 

The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship (AU EGLS) was written by International Admissions Director Evelyn Levinson in 2011 to promote educational access and opportunity to international undergraduate students while enhancing AU’s international diversity. Bringing together the best of AU - academic excellence, leadership development, and global engagement - the AU Emerging Global Leader achieves, inspires, and serves with vision. Levinson envisioned AU EGL Scholars who would be dedicated to positive civic and social change, and who would return home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in their home countries. AU EGLS would also serve as AU Diplomat international student ambassadors. These scholars have not disappointed.

Do you know some who could be our next AU Emerging Global Leader Scholar? Encourage them to review our fall 2022 application information and instructions.

Biggie Tangane, AU Alum

Biography

While at AU, Biggie embarked on a European Union-focused study abroad program in Brussels, which he describes as life-changing. Biggie participated in several extra-curricular activities on campus and took advantage of all that D.C has to offer—internships, summer jobs and fun activities. After graduation, Biggie moved to Mauritius, South Africa, and Botswana to work for several social-impact organizations. Biggie is currently a Strategy & Business Development Manager for De Beers Group where he works to protect consumer confidence on diamonds that are ethically sourced from Southern Africa, which subsequently contributes to the economic well-being of communities where these diamonds are mined.
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My Thoughts on the Scholarship

"The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship gave me access to many platforms that allowed me to develop my professional skills and establish meaningful connections with thought-leaders from all over the world. AU is truly an international university and my International Studies major allowed me to broaden my scope in the field of international development. I apply several methodologies and skills learned at AU in my work today."

Nargiza at Graduation

Biography

Nargiza graduated SIS with a concentration in international development, identity and culture, and a minor in Information Technology. At AU, she worked in the International Admissions office and served as president of the Central Asian Student Club. She interned at the American Councils in Washington, D.C, USAID in Kyrgyzstan, Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the U.S. and Canada, and at EndFGM European Network in Brussels, Belgium. Nargiza studied abroad in Brussels, and visited Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine. After graduation, she worked as a Project Management Intern at an international development organization, MSI Tetra Tech, and as an Anti-Money Laundering Analyst at Protiviti, Washington, D.C. She is currently an EducationUSA adviser on U.S. higher education in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
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My Thoughts on the Scholarship

"Receiving the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship in 2015 has been a life-changing opportunity for me. It allowed me to be in an environment where I could realize my full potential not only as a student but also as a leader. I took classes in diverse fields, participated in clubs, participated in an exchange program in Europe, made friends from all over the world, and discussed ideas that went beyond just a classroom. 

Now, two years after graduation, I look back and realize that there is nothing more valuable for a young mind than to be in the right environment with the right group of people who inspire and challenge one another to do great things."

Dayana Sarova in front of Lincoln Memorial

Biography

Dayana graduated AU summa cum laude in August 2020 with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Finance. The recipient of the 2020 SIS Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and the 2019 Excellence in European Studies Award, Dayana pursued research opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. She was a research intern at the National Security Archive and the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the 2017-2018 Olson Scholars cohort, and spent a year taking courses in political science, international relations, and business ethics at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. Dayana became AU's first Global Rhodes Scholarship finalist in fall 2020 and is the first international student to receive the AU’s President's Award in spring 2021. This fall, Dayana will attend the University of Oxford to undertake an to undertake an MSc in Economic and Social History.
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My Thoughts on the Scholarship

"Winning American University’s Emerging Global Leader Scholarship was the single most transformative and impactful event of my academic career. Aside from opening up professional and academic doors that I did not know existed, it allowed me to become a part of a welcoming community here at AU and to feel at home thousands of miles away from the place where I grew up and spent most of my life. Most crucially, being an EGLS taught me the importance of paying back and paying forward, both to American University at large and to other students whose limitless potential would have never been realized without opportunities like the AU EGL Scholarship."

Lori Younissess in SIS Building

Biography 

Lori graduated with a double major in International Studies and Legal Studies, with a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and contributions to AU, Lori was selected as the 2021 SIS undergraduate commencement speaker, and also received AU’s prestigious Bruce Hughes Award. She was a member of the SPA and SIS Honors Programs and was a 2018 Olson Research Scholar. Lori had numerous experiences at AU and outside think tanks as a research and teaching assistant, scholar, and intern. She presented at several national conferences. On campus, she was a peer adviser, conference organizer, Arabic tutor, managing editor of AU’s Clocks and Clouds, and in her senior year, served on the 2021 AU Emerging Global Leader Scholar selection committee. Her plans include working in DC for a year to gain experience, and then to continue to graduate school for a PhD in Political Theory. Her career goal is to continue to conduct research, teach, and mentor students as a university professor. 
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My Thoughts on the Scholarship

"The Emerging Global Leader Scholarship was a life changing opportunity that allowed me to experience so much during my time at AU. In the past four years, I have been able to experiment with different interests and activities. Some of the clubs I have been a part of are the Mock Trial team, the Crew Team, AMERIMUNC, and the pre-law society. However, my favorite part of my college experience has been TA-ing for different classes. Since my sophomore year, I have TA-ed/PL-ed for 11 classes. This, along with the different AU research programs, allowed me to discover my passion for mentorship and research. Thanks to my time at AU, the mentors that I have had and the people that I have met, I hope to one day become a professor. The past four years have been incredible for self-discovery and growth and I am beyond grateful and honored to be the 2017 American University Emerging Global Leader Scholar!"

Sledja Ishmakej AU EGL

Biography

Sledja is a former FLEX scholar and alumna of the U.S. State Department’s selective high school exchange program. A Kogod School of Business honors studentand an Early Identification Program scholar, Sledja was part of AU’s Community-Based Research Scholar cohort and has been on the Dean’s List since her first semester. She has been a peer consultant in Kogod’s Center for Business Communications since sophomore year, and won 3rd place in AU’s Center for Innovation’s Start up and Standout Challenge in 2020 for founding an online platform to build community and increase integration efforts for international students in the U.S. This past summer, Sledja interned for Morgan Stanley as a Summer Analyst. She is currently a Teaching Assistant (TA) for both the Finance and IT Departments and was also promoted to Head TA for the ITEC Department at Kogod School of Business. In her senior year, Sledja will serve as VP of Finance for the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Professional Fraternity. LinkedIn Profile

My Thoughts on the Scholarship

The Emerging Global Leader Scholarship has made my life-long dream of studying at a prestigious American university come true. The scholarship has given me tremendous opportunities to explore new passions and ideas that have contributed to my personal and professional growth. Being part of the EGLS and AU community has enabled me to put my best foot forward in the professional world. I have immensely enjoyed serving as an ambassador of my country while immersing myself in AU’s culture. 

AU EGLS Recipient Fareha

Biography

Fareha is a former YES scholar and alumna of the U.S. State Department’s competitive high school exchange program. At AU, she is part of the Early Identification Scholar Program. Fareha served as AU’s VP of Amnesty International and is now finishing her term as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for AU Student Government. She recently won the Frank Willis Scotton 2021 SIS Undergraduate Award, given to one student who best exemplifies the values and mission of the school.
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My Thoughts on the Scholarship

The scholarship has allowed me to experience immense growth both personally and professionally. Being in DC, I have had remarkable work experiences to explore and develop my vision for the world, and what I plan to do with it.

AU Diplomat Chaitanya

Biography

Chaitanya is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Economics, and certificate programs in Advanced Leadership Studies and Political Thought. Chaitanya is a member of the SPA Leadership Program and the Lincoln Scholars Program, a first-year fellow in the Women’s Initiative, an AU Diplomat, and an Orientation Leader for the summer of 2021. She is also a new SIS Olson Scholar. She plans to pursue a career in economics and international development, and public policy, and would like to create positive change in the lives of people around the world. While in high school, Chaitanya was an active social worker and volunteer: She worked to aid visually-impaired students, acid attack survivors, marginalized LGBTQIA+ groups, and more. For her work she was awarded the Global Citizens Initiative fellowship, the national Pramerica Spirit of Community award and the UN Global Compact IILM University Young Citizen Award, among others. Chaitanya is also a trained classical dancer, having studied Bharatanatyam for the past 13 years, and is an art enthusiast and bibliophile.
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What the Scholarship Means to Me

"As an international student with an ambition to study abroad and forge an international career, the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship has been the perfect opportunity to further that dream. Also, as a student of International Studies and Economics, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Washington DC, the global political capital, is also the perfect place to harness various internships and professional opportunities to help me in build the career that I dream of! I look forward to learning, growing and fulfilling my dreams at AU! “

Meiying Matute

Biography

Meiying is AU’s first AU EGLS from Latin America and the first EGLS who plans to major in graphic and visual communication design. She is concerned about the lack of value given to creative arts’ programs in public schools and educational curricula, and is committed to access, diversity, and inclusion through the visual and performing arts. She hopes to use her AU education to implement holistic arts education programs in Ecuador. Her diverse extra-curricular high school activities include pharmacy assistant, teaching dance and music education at a local NGO for children with learning disabilities, NHS treasurer, math & English tutor, basketball, theater, violin, and graphic designer. Meiying was on a full academic scholarship at an international high school in Guayaquil and maintained an almost perfect GPA in a most rigorous AP curriculum.

My Thoughts on the Scholarship

"Being part of this group of scholars will allow me to both contribute and expand my previous mentoring experience of welcoming and mentoring incoming students. I will be fully committed to putting the resources, opportunities, and training provided by the scholarship to excellent use. The scholarship will allow me to pursue a state-of-the-art education in an enriched environment that will further enhance my skills, foster my innovative spirit, and build lifelong friendships. Finally, I will always proudly carry AU’s name into every success in my future."