“The life I’m leading today simply would not be possible without the very generous scholarship I received from GMC,” says Salima Mahamoudou ’16.
A native of the Republic of Niger, Salima graduated from high school in Ethiopia determined to attend a top college in the United States. “My entire education through 12th grade was based on the French system, which tends toward the cerebral,” she explains. “In America, there’s much more hands-on learning, and I was eager to start putting my ideas into action.”
Salima applied to ten excellent schools, none of which were within reach without a major award. In the final analysis, it came down to the two schools with the strongest financial offers. “From a cost standpoint,” says Salima, “it was a virtual tie. When my family and I considered the complete picture—degree programs, co-curricular opportunities, mentoring by faculty and staff—Green Mountain was the clear winner. I’ll never forget the phone interview we had with GMC. As soon as we hung up, our decision was made.”
While pursuing a double major in natural resource management and sustainable business, Salima has found time to serve on the Campus Sustainability Council, Student Senate, and the Juridical Board. She also leads two clubs, Model United Nations and Intercultural Center Club, and plays key roles in a few more. Her research and publications include an award-winning paper for the United Nations Environment Program, a flood resiliency chapter for the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, and a waste management project for GMC’s Sustainability 2020 initiative.
As a recipient of a renewable, four-year International Merit Scholarship, Salima appreciates the security her GMC award provides.
“It’s amazing to have that stability,” she says. “Without having to worry constantly about finances, I can really throw myself into the amazing opportunities we have here. When I look back at everything that’s happened since I arrived, I just have to say ‘Thanks, GMC!’”