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Juggling being a full-time mom, employee and student, NOVA grad inspired by son to achieve

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Nooshin Bashiri has received Georgetown University’s Community College Preferred Consideration Program as one of only three NOVA students recommended by President Scott Ralls. She also received the prestigious 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

When she moved to the U.S. from Iran 10 years ago, Nooshin didn’t know English. When she had her son – who is now 8 years old – Nooshin said he became her motivation. When her son started kindergarten, Nooshin followed suit and started taking ESL classes part-time at NOVA while her son was in school. At the time, her only knowledge of the English language was what she learned from television – specifically from celebrity chefs on the Food Network.

In September 2013, she became a full-time student at NOVA and started her very first job as a tutor in the Math and Science Center at NOVA-Annandale where she is now a lead tutor. Not long after, she became a single mother but continued to try to reach her goal of receiving a degree. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and will receive her associate of science degree in pre-dentistry. Nooshin hopes to attend Georgetown and eventually go into dentistry.

In his letter of recommendation, Ralls describes Nooshin as a leader who is committed to her studies, helping her fellow classmates and contributing many volunteer hours to her community.

“Nooshin’s record of leadership and volunteer service to the College and to her community is impressive,” Ralls wrote. “She has served as vice president of the Annandale Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Several instructors have observed that, in challenging math and science classes, she has generously assisted students who struggle with the course material. She is keenly focused, with direct goals, and she has shown drive and initiative toward reaching them.”

Georgetown University sponsors the Preferred Consideration Program for selected NOVA students who apply for admission to Georgetown. NOVA’s president can recommend up to three strong candidates who hope to continue their studies at Georgetown. The admissions process for this program is highly competitive and recommended candidates are not guaranteed admission to the university.

Nooshin said being considered for acceptance at Georgetown is a longtime coming. Her father is a dentist in Iran, and he turned down the opportunity to attend Georgetown many years ago to care for his family.

“Georgetown is my dream school. I’ve always had in my mind that I would come here and apply for Georgetown University,” she said.

By Raytevia Evans

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.