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Scholarship recipient makes the most of her education

With a 3.97 grade point average (G.P.A.), a number of volunteer roles, and a year of study abroad, WestConn junior biology major Galina Filipova is making the most of her education — both in and out of the classroom.

The 19-year-old Oakville resident is the recipient of an Isabelle T. Farrington Scholarship, the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences W. Jason and Ellen M. Hancock Scholarship, and a WCSU Alumni Association Scholarship for the 2005-06 academic year. She says these and several other scholarships she's received since enrolling at WestConn in the spring of 2003 have helped her excel.

"Receiving these scholarships has not only been helpful to my financial situation, but it also has been a great motivation," Filipova wrote in a recent essay. "Knowing that my hard work and efforts are being recognized has prompted me to perform even better and to aim higher."

Filipova's outstanding WestConn G.P.A., which is just shy of a perfect 4.0, is part of her long history as a diligent student: Born in Bulgaria, she moved with her family to Botswana in Southern Africa in 1997. Studying in a foreign country and in a foreign language (English), she went on to graduate from a prestigious private high school in Botswana's capital city, Gaborone, with a record of outstanding academic achievement in several subjects. Filipova also earned third place in the Botswana National Mathematics Tournament in 2000.

Filipova, the daughter of WestConn Computer Science Professor Dr. Todor Ivanov, has continued her diligence throughout her college career. She's consistently earned a spot on the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Dean's List each semester, is a member of WestConn's honors program and received the Most Promising Biology Underclassman Award.

While in high school, Filipova participated in several sports and was active in many clubs and organizations. Since her family moved to the United States in September 2002, Filipova has continued her volunteerism as a classroom tutor at Watertown High School and a member of the Program Activities Council at WestConn. These good works are among the things that made her eligible for the Isabelle T. Farrington Scholarship, which requires students be "of demonstrated good character."

Filpova's volunteerism also earned her praise from Dennis Leszko, a programming assistant in the Student Center/Student Life Office. Leszko serves as the faculty adviser for the Program Activities Council and wrote a letter recommending Filipova for the 2005-06 scholarships.

"Out of the many students who attend a university, there are very few who take full advantage of all the opportunities made available to them," Leszko said. "Galina Filipova is a student who has used many of those opportunities to grow as a well-rounded student leader."

For more information about ways to help WestConn students excel, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (203) 837-8298.


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