It is easy to see why Cambridge want her. Emilia combines a ferocious intellect with a passion for animal welfare, and a desire to contribute to the future of her country. She is an all-round amazing young woman-fit, modest, kind and endlessly interested in everything. Emilia was a student at our Creative English camp last week. She combines excellence in science subjects with a love of writing, art and poetry.
Emilia has been awarded a 65% scholarship to study veterinary medicine at the world’s oldest university. It is a remarkable achievement and she should begin her studies in England this autumn.
There is only one snag. Emilia cannot take up her place unless she can prove she has the other funding in place for all six years of her program. This is a fortune for any family in Armenia and would be a stretch for anyone in any part of the world. She’s has already won a couple of other grants, but she is about $10,000 per year short of her goal.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I am not allowed to solicit funds which is a pity because it would mean so much to Emilia–and to the future of animal care in Armenia (there is no good vet school here) if every Cambridge alum I know were to give a couple of pounds, Euros or dollars to support her study fund. Or if every animal lover I know were to make her a pet project. Or if every woman who aspires to see more girls in STEM education were to back her bid for brilliance. If all those people knew about Emilia and her dream to revolutionize small and large animal care here in the South Caucasus, I am sure they would be part of the push to propel her into class in Cambridge. If only I had a way to share Emilia’s story…