четвъртък, 23 август 2018 г.

For High School Juniors and Seniors

OF Admissions, AY2018-2022
Elena Stoeva
Dr. Peter Beron High School of Mathematics, Varna
Cornell University, NY, USA
Electrical and Computer Engineering
AY 2018-2022

            Successful Common Application Essay

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

Prompt #2: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Summer Physics camp in Bulgaria's picturesque mountains has given me some of my fondest memories over the last three years. It's been a camp not limited to acquiring knowledge, but a joyous place for bonding too, where trust and will are often tested. The highlight is the hiking day, when we go to Raiskoto Praskalo, “the heavenly waterfall”, and those of us who have strength and courage to continue trek to Botev Peak. In my first two camps, I didn’t ascend the summit as I didn’t believe I could do it. This year, though, I went to the camp with my friend Edy who convinced me to try.

The big day came. Ironically, Edy and I missed the group in the morning because we overslept. After an hour of hurrying, we caught up with them on the trail, just before they reached the waterfall. The start of our trek was nothing more than a light stroll; we enjoyed the awe-inspiring mountain landscape, took many pictures, and laughed, while a soft breeze caressed our faces. Despite my legs quivering after two hours on the steep path, I was still motivated to climb the peak; however, after four hours had passed, we were a little over half way and doubtful thoughts entered my head. Beyond the vertiginous track ahead, the ridge appeared like a mere speck on the distant horizon. The worst thing was that we couldn’t go back because it was too steep and perilous to walk back down the slope. In moments like these, friends come to help: Edy grasped my hand and said, "Keep going, you can do it!" After he literally dragged me for some time, stopping every 5 feet, I became desperate and even started to cry. The peak still seemed miles away from us. Instead of getting angry, as I had thought he would, Edy stayed with me and continued encouraging me to go on. It was already 3 pm, and we had more than 7 hours left to reach the top and get back to our campsite. I had two options: to tough it out and continue or to stop at every step, complaining that my entire body hurt, and end up having to spend the night on the mountain. The second option sounded quite unpleasant, so I had to go on even though I felt feeble.

I began counting my steps as I trudged along. I promised myself that I would not stop until I had taken 100 steps.  And I succeeded: I went 100 steps and took a small break. Then Edy and I came to an agreement: we'd pause every 100 steps to rest, but while walking, we could not stop. What helped me the most was that I was focusing on my feet the whole time, and I never looked up. Suddenly, I lifted my head and realized that I had reached the top! I couldn’t believe it. It turned out that the more I stared at it, the more afraid I was that it was too far away. When we arrived at the station on the peak, elated by our achievement, we took a break and drank hot tea. On the way back, everything went well, except that we got lost several times in the woods; nevertheless, we made it back to the campsite, bone-weary but content.

We all have our own peak; this is our future, our highest goal, our dream. The mountain trail is our life full of difficulties and obstacles. And the happiest ones have Edy: our family and friends who support us along the way. This experience taught me that I shouldn’t look too far into the future as it will overwhelm me. Instead, I ought to divide my journey into smaller steps and strive to take each one. Eventually, without even noticing it, I will have achieved my goal. 

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Elena (right, in the middle), presents on Applying to Highly Selective U.S. Universities 
at the Summer Physics Camp near Kalofer

Cornell University Essay

Cornell Engineering celebrates innovative problem solving that helps people, communities… the world. Consider your ideas and aspirations and describe how a Cornell Engineering education would allow you to leverage technological problem-solving to improve the world we live in.

After four years of studying physics and participating in physics competitions, a twisted turn of events unexpectedly propelled me into the world of engineering.

This summer I was selected to take part in the High-School Student Internship Program (HSSIP) at CERN. During this two-week internship, I worked on the ISOLTRAP experiment located in ISOLDE, the laboratory for fundamental research with radioactive ion beams. ISOLTRAP is a high-precision mass spectrometer and my task was to measure the mass of Cs-133, operating with Penning traps and Multi-Reflection Time-Of-Flight devices. Even more, I had the unique opportunity to work with engineers at ISOLDE, to attend their meetings, and to identify solutions to problems along with them. What attracted me most was the freedom that they had to design their own creations and to bring them to life. Then I realized that I don’t want to study pure physics, but instead, I want to learn how to apply it to the real world because there is nothing as incredible as seeing physics in action. Furthermore, I found out that many scientific discoveries would be impossible without the work of engineers. The Higgs boson, for instance, would be nothing more than a theory without the Large Hadron Collider.

My love for science and desire to study engineering drove my interest toward accelerator engineering. I aspire to learn how to design, construct, and operate these machines; even more, I wish to work on optimizing and improving them, creating a new generation of particle accelerators.

All the accelerators we have now, whether circular or linear, are very massive and expensive machines (LHC is 27 km long) that function with the same “conventional” technology: using an electric field to accelerate particles (usually electrons, protons, or ions) within a vacuum tube. Employing this technology, we can increase the kinetic energy of the particles in two ways: by using the same accelerating structure over and over again, which is actually a circular collider (but then there will be problems with the magnetic strength and synchrotron radiation), or to increase the electric field strength (which will damage the machine). So, we need to find a new way to make the accelerators smaller but more powerful at the same time, striving to reach high energy with a lesser amount of exerted synchrotron radiation. To solve this problem we can use a known ionized gas: plasma. I think this would be the best solution for two main reasons: firstly, because plasma can support huge electric fields so we can get higher energy without damaging the machine, and secondly, this approach enables construction of much smaller particle accelerators than the conventional ones. In this way, accelerator technology will be optimized and could be globally used in many spheres such as medicine, research, and energy supply. For example, Hadron Therapy uses accelerated beams of protons and ions to treat tumor cells like cancer, ensuring higher accuracy and more cost-efficient treatment.

Plasma-based accelerators and their applications are something I wish to work on at the Cornell Laboratory For Accelerator-based Science with the assistance of distinguished professors such as Joel Brock and Donald Bilderback. Moreover, the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is an excellent facility which would give me a comprehensive knowledge of x-ray techniques and hands-on experience so I will be skillful enough to design and construct advanced technology, which can be used for experimental investigation, and, hopefully, will lead to new scientific discoveries.  As Professor Joel Brock stated, “… CHESS enables science. That is what we do. We give scientists tools and x-ray techniques that drive advances in our understanding of biological, electronic, and structural materials at the atomic scale.” There are many future challenges for accelerator engineering and I believe that Cornell is the best place for me to tackle them, and who knows, maybe Cornell could one day be the place where dark matter will be explained or extra dimensions will be found.

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Elena (first from right to left) at the Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria training in the village of Lozen near Sofia
For High School Juniors and Seniors

OF Admissions, AY2018-2022

Ognyan Simeonov
Nikola Vaptsarov Foreign Language High School, Shumen
Bates College, ME, USA, Biochemistry
AY 2018-2022

           Successful Common Application Essay

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

A Story Worth Listening to

Just like every Monday, I went through my mail and amongst the usual envelopes I noticed something peculiar. It was a small greeting card with dried violets glued to its front cover. Excitement pulsing through my veins, I opened the card and smiled as I read: “Thank you so much! Knowing that you are always there, willing to help and listen, makes our lives happier.”

*4 weeks earlier*

“You’ll see. Everything will be fine,” said my dad as he got ready for work.

“But what if I’m just not fit for the job or if I accidentally switch someone’s medicines, or maybe the elderly people will find me plain boring? After all, I don’t know how to knit or do anything like that,” I protested.

My father just laughed, patted me on the back and said goodbye. Soon enough, I was on my way. The weather was lovely for early July: the sun was shining and it was warm. The town was alive with people heading to their workplaces and children playing outside. Everything was absolutely perfect, apart from the fact that I was so anxious. A week earlier when I’d asked my parents for a place where I could help people in need, they suggested the local nursing home and I felt really happy, but now the anxiety was catching up with me. But there was no going back. Soon, I found myself in front of the nursing home. I climbed the stairs, opened the door and there she was—the nurse I was going to help over the next 4 weeks.

 At the beginning, it wasn’t easy. I would occasionally mistake someone’s name, and some of the patients wouldn’t stop calling me their grandson. I also had to memorize the different rehabilitation programs, how to assist the residents when they needed help and the medicines they had to take, but there was no chance I was going to give up because it was all worth it. Seeing their happy faces made me happy, too, so I tried to do my best and help them in all the ways I could.

I soon realized that what they needed the most was someone to listen, so I decided to do just that. I would spend long hours listening to stories about their childhoods, families and the wars they had fought. I soon became attached to each and every one of them. These women and men could tell me stories that I’d never find in any book. In return, the only thing they really wanted was to know that someone cared about them, someone who was interested in what they had to say.

 As time passed, I got used to my job and really enjoyed doing it. I realized I was good at helping others and that when you are kind and tolerant, people respond with the same attitude towards you. The time to leave came too quickly, and although I had to say goodbye to my new friends, I’ll never forget the lessons I learned as a volunteer at the nursing home. This experience taught me that a simple act of kindness can make someone happier, a smile can change a life, and that helping others costs you nothing but is very rewarding. You get to know new people who soon become your friends and teach you many new things.

Those 4 weeks went by incredibly fast, and although I was sad that I didn’t have the opportunity to visit the nursing home anymore, I went back to my routine. It was just another Monday, and while my mom prepared breakfast I decided to go and check the mail. That was the moment when I found a beautiful greeting card with the dried violets, and when I read the text inside, I smiled because the feeling was mutual. Their stories were worth listening to.

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AY 2018-2022

The EducationUSA advising center implements an innovative virtual educational group advising program which prepares high school students from all over the country to successfully apply for admission with financial aid to fully accredited U.S. colleges and universities. More than five hundred 8th to 12th graders around the country take part in the program annually. In 2018, three program participants were accepted to Princeton University, Illinois Institute of Technology and NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE with a total scholarship amount of $641,168 USD ($160,292 x 4 years). They will be studying Political Science, History and Computer Science. One student was admitted on a full ride scholarship to the Georgetown University Pre-College Summer Immersion Program and one more program participant was awarded the prestigious YES scholarship to attend a U.S. high school for one academic year.

The Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria program that was launched in February 2016 has also delivered excellent results. Five U.S. colleges and universities offered acceptance to the second-year cohort members with a total scholarship amount of $1,268,876 ($ 317,219 x 4 years). Four students enrolled at the following institutions: Yale University, CT, Cornell University, NY, Bates College, ME and NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE. They will be studying Film Studies, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biochemistry and Economics.

сряда, 16 август 2017 г.

EducationUSA Summer Academy 2017
For High School Students

EducationUSA Academy is a component of EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State-supported network of over 400 advising centers in more than 170 countries around the world that provide prospective international students with accurate, current, and comprehensive information about U.S. higher education.

The EducationUSA Academy is a three-to-four-week summer academic program for non-native English speaking students who range in age from 15 to 17 and reside outside of the United States. Students receive an overview of secondary and higher education systems in the United States and the U.S. college/university admissions process, develop critical thinking and leadership skills, and participate in enriching cultural and social activities.
The EducationUSA Academy’s goal is to create a new pipeline to U.S. higher education for international high school students who may not have otherwise considered studying in the United States by providing them with information and skills to apply to, and be successful as undergraduates at, U.S. higher education institutions.

Three scholarships were provided by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and supported by the services of the EducationUSA Advising Center at the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission. The Center conducted an EducationUSA Academy competition and helped the students prepare for departure to the U.S.

From July 9-August 5, 2017, three high school students represented Bulgaria at the EducationUSA Academy 2017. Gabriela Mankova represented Bulgaria at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. Teodora Yosifova and Hakmet Ahmedov represented Bulgaria at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

MSU EducationUSA Academy
July 9 - August 4, 2017

The EducationUSA Academy at Montana State University had a truly unique group of students creating a terrific Academy! The program was a packed experiences including: campus tours and opportunities for the students to speak with several different college admissions teams, intense coursework in ESL and higher education, family homestays, volunteering at the local food bank, speaking at a Rotary International meeting, and interacting with other high school and college students at MSU. Academically the students worked closely with instructors to write two different essays including (a) a personal statement for college applications and (b) MSU EducationUSA Academy reflection essay. Lastly the students created scholarship application videos which involved writing scripts, capturing video footage, conducting interviews, and editing the footage to create their own application videos. The students did a lot in the month they were at Montana State University and the Academy was an amazing experience for them. Following are their MSU EducationUSA Academy reflection essays.

Teodora Yosifova
Junior, "Hristo Botev" Foreign Language High School, Kardzhali

I have always thought visiting the United States is impossible but participating in the EducationUSA Academy proved me wrong. After a month in Bozeman, Montana I am leaving this magnificent place with a lot of new skills, knowledge, memories and friendships. Education USA was one of the best experiences in my life and a dream come true.

The main purpose of the program was to introduce us to American culture and higher education. Before coming here I had already been introduced to it because it is everywhere - from songs and movies to social media. I expected Americans to be nice and kind and they were exactly what I had imagined, even better. For the time I have been here I received nothing but warmness from the Americans, everyone is willing to help you and make yourself feel at home.

After the contribution of EducationUSA I actually consider applying to an American university. I learned that it is not impossible to study in the US, that American colleges offer great scholarships and many opportunities. Visiting different types of colleges and universities helped me make up my mind about what type of higher educational institution I want to study in. I am now aware of the pros and cons of studying in a smaller or a bigger institution. American universities offer a huge variety of undergraduate programs which would make it a lot easier to find the best one for me.

EcucationUSA proved to me that teamwork makes the dream work. One of the skills I gained in the program is working in a team. In and out of class, we were always encouraged to work in groups. As part of the team in class, I would push myself to the limit by taking in my classmates’ advice and knowledge. I developed a higher level of critical thinking and broadened my horizons. Where I found teamwork useful out of class was at the Food Bank Service Learning. We volunteered at Bozeman’s Food Shelter and together we packed almost 500 kg of pasta in just an hour. This is a big achievement for a bunch of high school students who were doing that for the first time.

One of the experiences I am extremely grateful for is getting to know my international classmates. They represented their countries in a great way and I learned a lot from them. Even though our cultures were different we were able to create a strong bond which resulted in friendships we will maintain for a long time after we leave. I will miss everyone and I hope that the German saying “You always meet twice in a lifetime” is true.

Another factor that contributed to my pleasant stay in the United States was Montana’s nature. We visited Yellowstone National Park, one of the most magnificent natural beauties in North America, the first national park ever created. We saw some of the park’s best tourist attractions, but the smaller sites were equally as impressive. You could be walking along and all of a sudden you’d come up on a natural hot spring that has created some of the most beautiful colors due to the different minerals in the water. Other than Yellowstone, the state is famous for its outdoor activities and we were able to taste them, too. We hiked trails in the Rocky Mountains and went sailing in Hyalite Lake - all of these activities kept us enthusiastic for what was ahead of us.

EducationUSA Academy gave me so much. I improved not only my academic skills, but also my way of seeing the world. I feel like a global citizen after interacting with many different people from all around the world. I am grateful for each person I met along my way in the journey called EducationUSA, because you are the ones responsible for who I am right now. Thank you for everything!

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Yellow Stone National Park
World Museum of Mining

Montana State University
Graduation ceremony

Hakmet Ahmedov
Sophomore, "Ekzarh Yosif" FLHS, Razgrad

Education USA Academy was one of the most interesting experiences in my life. This was my biggest achievement and for me everything about the program was fantastic.

During the program I was able to connect with many different people from various countries. The participants in the academy were from all over the world. Together we were able to exchange experience, we learned about each other’s countries and culture and we had a wonderful time full of happiness and joy.

Firstly, the organization of the program was perfect as we were really able to immerse ourselves in the language, culture and life of Americans. I got a better view of the education system, and for the past month I learned what it means to be a college student in the States. Here at Montana State University we were able to visit many places and did a lot of activities not only related with the language, but also   the community and culture of Bozeman and Montana. I found the classes really interesting and useful because I was able to improve my language as a whole and I learned new methods and ways of writing. As we were practicing and improving we also developed and grew as a group. Something really unique was the teambuilding and leadership classes in which we learned the importance of collaboration. Throughout the challenges we realized the importance of succeeding as a team rather as an individual. 

Together we visited Yellowstone with its wonderful natural sights and species: the geothermal lakes, the amazing water cascades, the fascinating geysers, the breathless view of the Yellowstone canyon and its gigantic waterfall. There are no words that can explain this magical, pristine nature. We visited the World Museum of Mining and we were able to see the conditions in which miners worked back at the time. Our trips to the nearby cities allowed us to get a better understanding of the community and atmosphere of Montana. We visited different universities and each of them was unique in their own way. We saw the various opportunities for education and we learned a lot of things related to American Higher Education. On our trips we went with people from different programs and we were able to share our experiences together. For example, when we traveled to the capital of the state Helena we went with the LEAPers, Japanese representatives of universities who came to the US to learn about the education system and bring back something to their countries in order to improve the universities for which they worked. On our trip I sat with such representative and this was one of the most valuable experiences. We were able to share our interests and made a comparison between our countries. We discussed our future endeavors and plans. We talked about our lives and we were able to learn a lot about each other. I will always remember this person – his name was Kei Tanaka and despite the differences we had, we found a lot of similarities and we shared some similar ideas. This whole experience helped me to broaden my horizon even more and created in me even a bigger wish to visit Japan.  Another meaningful connection which I had was with the students from Okinawa. We played games and had fun together. There I made a new amazing friend with whom I will definitely keep connection even after years.

Secondly, I have to mention the contribution and devotion of all the staff and organizers who did their best to make this program my most wonderful experience. Since the start, they were very welcoming and helpful. I found the answers to all of my questions and now because of their fantastic work I have a better vision of the American Higher Education. I am very thankful for everything they did and I really value their useful advice because now I have more information about the application process, scholarships and student support.

Education USA was a dream come true. This was one of the most wonderful adventures in my life. I met all these interesting people and from strangers we became one big family. My decision of applying to the program was one of my best life choices. I felt connected with everyone and everything here. Bozeman became a second home for me for this month full of joy and fun. I will never forget this fantastic experience and this place, and the people that I met here will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for everything, I really value your contribution, help and advice! I will always remember you and have great memories of my unbelievable experience here at Montana State University.

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Yellow Stone National Park
Food Bank service learning

Hyalite Lake
EducaionUSA Academy class

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
 EducationUSA Academy

Gabriela Mankova
Sophomore, "Hristo Botev" FLHS, Kardzhali

It was a dream of mine to visit the USA someday and I now can say that I have achieved that dream. My staying in the USA was not ordinary. EducationUSA Academy and the Bulgarian American Commission for Educational Exchange Fulbright gave me an opportunity to spend a month in an American university, learn more about the education system in the USA, live in a dorm with an American roommate, have a class of international students, meet great people, and make many unforgettable memories. 

My time in the USA was spent at theUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst. During this one month, each week from Monday to Friday I had classes from 9am to 4pm. My classmates were international students from Kuwait, Honduras, Ecuador, the UAE, China, Georgia, Libya, Canada, Vietnam, Russia, and Japan. All of them were very ambitious, hardworking, willing to work and learn new things with new people. The teacher of our class, Stephanie Brown, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We had classes for SAT and TOEFL preparation, which were very beneficial for me, because Stephanie not only made us practice taking SAT and TOEFL, but also gave us good advice on how to have better results on these exams. We also worked on our college essays, common application, CV, and looked for colleges. This helped me have a clearer idea of my academic goals.

Furthermore, Stephanie’s classes were interactive and interesting, she often made us work in groups, share ideas, state our opinion and make researches. But it was not only hard work, there were many fun moments too, such as when we created our class handshake, had different contests, played SET and Bananagrams, had visitors, made presentations, etc. We learned new things about American culture and particularly New England by taking quizzes, searching information or asking natives.

On the weekends we had field trips. They were very well organized and we had a lot of fun. The first one was Farm to Table Field Trip to two local farms. That day we ate ice cream made in Cook Farm and saw the cows there, had a tour in Barstow’s Farm, and ended the day in Look Park with pedal boating, and playing mini-golf. On the second weekend we went to Emily Dickenson’s house. The third field trip was to the amusement park Six Flags New England and the last one was a trip to Boston. During the trips we saw interesting things, like automated robotic cow milker, the house of Emily Dickenson’s brother, the Museum of Science in Boston. We also had firsthand experience with American culture during the trips and on campus, too.

All in all, this was the best experience in my life.Being an international student for one month, and working with other international students was inspiring. Travelling alone to the USA and living there in a dorm showed me that I can take care of myself. I now feel ready to face the challenges of higher education in the U.S.

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сряда, 31 май 2017 г.

For High School Juniors and Seniors

OF Admissions, AY2017-2021  
OF Training, April 2017

The Fulbright Commission and EducationUSA launched the U.S. State Department-funded Opportunity Funds program in Bulgaria in February 2016. The program provides financial resources to highly qualified, yet economically challenged, Bulgarian students to cover the up-front costs of applying to U.S. universities, such as testing, application fees, or airfare. In addition to their impressive academic achievements, Opportunity students also bring cultural and socio-economic diversity to U.S. campuses.

To date, the Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria program has delivered excellent results. Ten U.S. colleges and universities have offered acceptance to six of the twelve first-year cohort members with a total scholarship amount of $ 530 334: Northwestern University, IL; Amherst College, MA; MIT, MA; University of Miami, FL; Franklin & Marshall College, PA; University of Denver, CO; Dickinson College, PA; NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE; Yale-NUS College in Singapore and Minerva Schools at KGI, CA. Five students will be enrolled in Amherst College, MA; MIT, MA; Dickinson College, PA; NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE and Yale-NUS College in Singapore. They will be studying Psychology, Economics, Aerospace Engineering, Life Sciences, and Biology.

During the current year, the Fulbright Commission and EducationUSA have been working very closely with the 33 Fulbright ETAs, who are spread out all over Bulgaria, to solicit high-quality applicants, which resulted in the selection of ten high school juniors representing diverse social groups from around Bulgaria. Their preparation for applying to accredited U.S. colleges and universities that are likely to award full financial aid to international students included three modules:  “Prepare for the iBT TOEFL Test”, “Prepare for the Redesigned SAT Test” and “College Application Essay Writing”. The program started with a one-week camp at the National Training and Logistics Center of the Bulgarian Red Cross in the village of Lozen, near Sofia, during Spring Break, April 9-15, for an intensive course in iBT TOEFL prep. All participants were greeted by Angela Rodel, Executive Director of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission. Special guests to the event were six first-year Opportunity Funds students who shared their program experiences with the new cohort members.The three courses included in the event’s curriculum – iBT TOEFL Reading and Writing, iBT TOEFL Listening and Speaking and Researching Universities were led by Asst. Prof. Vladimir Phillipov, Department of English and American Studies, Sofia University;Sophia Kleinsasser, former Fulbright ETA and current ESL teacher; and EducationUSA Adviser SnezhanaTeneva. The lectures and training addressed various exam tasks, strategies and challenges and explored ways to further enhance students’ preparation for applying to accredited colleges and universities in the U.S.

We strongly believe that all Opportunity Funds students will make the best use of the knowledge and know-how acquired during this unique program and wish them the best of luck in their future educational and career endeavors.

Special recognition and gratitude is due to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy for their generous financial support.

Приеми в САЩ (2017-2021 г.) и обучение на 
участници в програмата Opportunity Funds

            Програмата Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria се финансира изцяло от Правителството на САЩ /Бюрото за образователни и културни дейности към Държавния департамент/ и Американското посолство в София и осигурява 10 стипендии в размер до $5,000 всяка за подготовка на талантливи български ученици от 11 клас за кандидатстване в акредитирани американски университети и отпътуване в САЩ.
            В България програмата Opportunity Funds се провежда от февруари 2016 година от Консултантския център при Комисия „Фулбрайт” и резултатите от приемите на първата група участници са впечатляващи. Десет американски висши училища предложиха на шест от дванадесетте участници в програмата през учебната 2016-17 година прием с институционално финансиране на обща стойност $ 530 334: Northwestern University, IL; Amherst College, MA; MIT, MA; University of Miami, FL; Franklin & Marshall College, PA; University of Denver, CO; Dickinson College, PA; NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE; Yale-NUS College in Singapore и Minerva Schools at KGI, CA. Новоприетите студенти ще изучават психология, икономика, инженерство, природни науки и биология.
            И тази година, Комисия Фулбрайт, в тясно сътрудничество с 33-ма американски помощник-учители по английски език, които преподават в различни градове в България, успя да привлече голям брой  отлични кандидати за програмата Opportunity Funds, което доведе до избора на десет изключително талантливи ученици от цялата страна. Обучението им за кандидатстване в акредитирани колежи и университети в САЩ включва три модула: подготовка за американския езиков тест iBT TOEFL, подготовка за кандидат-студентския тест SAT  и писане на есе.
            Програмата стартира с едноседмичен лагер от 9-15 април в Националния учебен и логистичен център на Българския червен кръст в село Лозен в близост до София с интензивен курс по iBT TOEFL. Изпълнителният директор на Комисия Фулбрайт, г-жа Анджела Родел, официално откри обучението и сподели с новите участници в програмата  своя опит от висшето си образование в САЩ. Трите курса, включени в учебната програма - iBT TOEFL четене и писане, iBT TOEFL слушане и говорене и проучване на американски университети, бяха водени от доц. Владимир Филипов от Софийски университет, София Клайнзасер, бивш американски помощник-учител по английски език и Снежана Тенева, консултант за висше образование в САЩ при Комисия Фулбрайт.  Лекциите и обучението бяха насочени към различни изпитни задачи и предложиха разнообразни стратегии за успешно представяне на тестовете и избор на университети, които осигуряват 100% институционално финансиране на чуждестранните студенти.
            Ние вярваме, че и тазгодишните участници в програмата Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria ще се представят блестящо в процеса на кандидатстване за висше образование в САЩ и ще  получат приеми с нужната им финансова подкрепа.
            Благодарим на Държавния департамент на САЩ и на Американското посолство в София за щедрите стипендии и подкрепата им за българските ученици.