Two students from GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF)-run institutes are now headed to the USA to pursue the courses of their choice under the Community College Initiative Programme (CCIP) sponsored by the Department of State, United States of America.
Both the girls — Behera Mounika and Sopeti Hema Sree — are second-year graduation student at SGCSR College, Rajam of Srikakulam district, and will soon be flying to the US to pursue their dream courses.
How did they get this opportunity?
Both the students have been recently selected by the US Consulate General, Hyderabad to participate in the CCIP this year.
The CCIP supports deserving candidates from other countries to study at an American community college for one year.
The entire expense of the selected candidates — course-related expenses, airfare, boarding and lodging expenses, books and medical aid — are borne by the American government. The students also get a monthly stipend to meet other incidental expenses.
About the underprivileged students
Mounika hails from a poor family and her father is a fisherman while her mother is a home maker. Her education was supported by GMRVF from the time she was in the third standard.
She has opted for ‘Environmental Horticulture’ course under CCIP 2020-2021 and will be pursuing her studies at College of DuPage, Illinois State, USA.
Hema Sri hails from a middle-class family in Vizianagaram District and her father is working as a messenger in a bank and also also a part-time tailor to run the family.
Hema opted for ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ course and she is going to pursue her studies at Valencia College, Orlando, Florida State, USA.
Both candidates will start their courses in January, 2021, as it has been slightly delayed due to Covid-19 this year.