SRINAGAR: At the peak of Covid-19 gloom, in an interesting achievement, two students from DPS Budgam, Sakhra Riyaz and Rahil Nabi of class 12th have received a full-ride scholarship to Qatar and the United States of America, the school managemnet said on Tuesday.
Rahil Nabi has been offered admission with a full scholarship to Georgetown University in Washington DC. He has also received acceptance at Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to study mechanical engineering but has chosen to pursue his studies at Georgetown. He plans to undertake a bachelor’s in computer science and mathematics starting in August 2021.
Sakhra Riyaz received a scholarship of around US $65,000 from George town university to pursue her undergraduate degree for the next 4 years. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is the Qatar campus of the world-renowned Georgetown University located in Washington DC. Georgetown University Qatar offers a four-year undergraduate programme in international affairs which awards a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree.
Both Rahil and Sakhra credit their success to their family and all the teachers at DPS Budgam who played a pivotal role in achieving their goal. As 12th standard students, they have been involved in the admissions process since last year.
After clearing SATs in tandem with his CBSE preparation. Rahil worked countless hours writing and perfecting his personal statement for colleges in the US. His application was evaluated not only on academic merit but also on extracurricular activities. After spending a year on the process, he was finally rewarded with offers from top universities in the United States. As he prepares for his next academic phase, Rahil expresses deep gratitude towards the entire DPS Budgam community that helped him achieve this milestone. Indeed, his goal is to train as a computer scientist and give back to his school, and village by mentoring more students to pursue opportunities overseas. Rahil writes, “The school helped me with all of the documents needed to be submitted including transcripts, recommendation letters and regular time to time guidance and counselling. Even though the pandemic made it difficult for me to visit school. The school ensured that everything was submitted on time.”
Sakhra says, “My heart skipped a beat when I got the acceptance letter. It still feels so unbelievable. The journey for me started last November when I thought about the possibility of applying abroad. The process seemed so daunting. I had no idea about where and how to begin. But online research and talking to my teachers came handy to me. I just want to say a big thank you to all the people who believed in me and helped me along the way. The Georgetown University in Qatar offers a number of financial aid options for qualified students and I am fortunate enough to get the opportunity.”
The School Management, the Principal, Ms Shobhna Sirohi and the entire teaching fraternity of DPS Budgam Congratulated the students on their outstanding achievement. The Principal in her message exhibited a deep satisfaction and stated that the school is bound to excel in every sphere of the all round development of the students and will leave no stone unturned in enabling the students pursue their dreams.