Minoli Amaratunga, an alumna of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya was warmly received recently at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa by Vice-President Dr. Matt Thompson and Director International Affairs Freddy Miranda.
Minoli plans to pursue double degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She is the most recent student placed by Scholarships for USA Ltd. (SUSA) whose record of placement now has well passed the 300 mark.
Indian Hills Community College, another school introduced by SUSA to Sri Lanka recently has already nearly 20 Sri Lankans with more planning to join in the falls. Located in Ottumwa, Iowa it’s ranked among the top 10% of all community colleges in the nation and is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA).
SUSA since its inception in ‘01 has been passionately committed to promoting most affordable US higher education to the Sri Lankan middle class. Its hard work has resulted in hundreds of students from all parts of the island entering colleges and universities across the US. Among the students who benefited from their services are not only students from elite international schools in Colombo but many from distance schools in Jaffna, Ampara, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Galle.
As SUSA constantly challenges itself to discover most affordable quality schools across the US it has been routine for its directors to travel across US each summer searching for ideal schools for Lankan stars. Their current partners are spread from Hawai’i to North Dakota and from Montana to Tennessee. For most of these schools SUSA were the first ever recruiters from Sri Lanka and soon enough many such schools have ended up becoming household names in Sri Lanka.
Asked to comment about the guidance received from SUSA Minoli commented; “I got to know about scholarship for USA from my best friend Dharani. From the initial meeting they were really trustworthy. Up to now it is not broken a bit and I know in future too I could place my trust in them. Aunty and uncle both were highly professional. They had a thorough knowledge on each and every step I should take. Both of them were genuinely caring about my future. At first I thought Aunty was so tough but when I was at the visa interview I realised the real importance of auntie’s instructions.
“The phone call uncle gave me the night before the visa interview encouraged me a lot as well as gave me the confidence I needed most at the time. All these attempts revealed that you were truly caring about my future. From the beginning to this successful end, the commitment of both aunty and uncle were excellent. You were incredibly fast on your service and that speed made everything possible about studying in the USA within a few days. The work they did was beyond the fee I paid. I’ll definitely recommend this service to anyone who is interested in studying in USA.”