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Two University of Kentucky International Students Received the Viji Jeganathan Award

Monday, May 13, 2013

Two University of Kentucky international students have received scholarships awarded by the UK International Center to support their academic pursuits on campus.

These students received the Viji Jeganathan Award, a university-funded scholarship sponsored by the UK Student Government Association and administered by the UK International Center.

The scholarship supports students who have demonstrated a significant contribution to inter-cultural communication and understanding among students and faculty on campus and promoted friendship across nationality boundaries.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the funds to cover tuition, books, room and board, course fees and other expenses at the University of Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky students receiving the 2013 Viji Award are:

  • Ph.D. student Mahdi Asgari, an agricultural economics major from Iran, received the scholarship based on his extensive volunteer work with the UK International Center.
  • Sophomore Mohamed Ali, an architecture major from Dubai, received the award based on his commitment and service to his fellow international students at UK.

Asgari volunteers extensively with the University of Kentucky International Center and hopes that his involvement inspires other international students to follow suit. “It’s a good way to show my international student friends that they not only learn a lot by contributing to these programs, but also that the University appreciates these efforts,” Asgari said.

Ali serves as a resident advisor in the Global Scholars residence hall, Smith Hall, where he works with students of over 15 nationalities to make their stay on campus more rewarding. “The cross cultural experiences through our education builds our knowledge and expands our horizons. Our society should encourage diversity whether it is in a school, university, work or entertainment environment,” Ali said.

The UK Government Association and University of Kentucky International Center, which sponsor the Viji Award, work to strengthen the cross-cultural bonds formed between students at the University of Kentucky.

Students interested in the Viji Scholarship should contact Karen Slaymaker for more information: