Please see below information regarding a scholarship opportunity for woman from developing countries.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, is an outreach program of the World Bank Family Network.

The fund provides financial assistance to women from developing countries during Their studies in the United States or Canada. The MMMF annually awards about six to ten grants of approximately $11,000 each.

The application must be filled out online on our website at www.wbfn.org and click on OUTREACH.

For further information regarding the MMMF grant program, visit their website or contact them by email at [email protected] or at (202) 473-8751.

All questions should be directed to the World Bank Group at the contact info listed below.

The World Bank Group
Family Network
1818 H Street, NW
Washington DC 20433

Tel: (202) 473-8751
Fax: (202) 522 3142
Email: [email protected]

Lots of information on the H-1B visa program, particularly since the April 1st opening of the quota approaches.  This will be of particular interest to students who are in, or will be applying for optional practical training with the hope of securing a work employment visa with a sponsoring institution or company.

Benefits of Optional Practical Training  (OPT)

* Your career in the US after graduation should ALWAYS start with Optional Practical Training (OPT).
* You must apply before you complete all requirements for degree.
* You get one year for each higher degree you complete.
* OPT ideally acts as a bridge between your studies and the workplace.
* It allows you to “get your foot in the door” with a US employer without any paperwork on their part: vitally important.
* It allows you to try more than one job if you wish.
* While in some cases it may be possible to proceed directly to H1B or even permanent residence without OPT, this is usually inadvisable.

What is H1B Visa

* It is the principal immigration status available for persons temporarily working in professional level jobs (“specialty occupations”) in the US.

Based on my own experiences as a freshman in college, I would like to share with you my best advice about college and how to prepare for it. At this point, some of the information may seem unnecessary or useless, but I can safely say that it will make sense of the things you are soon going to be facing. . . .
It’s very useful to know what you should bring with you to college, so I’ve made a list of the top 10 things I think you should have with you and what to bring to college:

  1. A computer
  2. A writer’s reference book and office supplies
  3. An alarm clock and a watch
  4. A variety of clothes for all weather conditions
  5. A shower caddy, to carry all your bathroom supplies back and forth
  6. Medicine for every kind of illness and a first aid kit for emergencies
  7. A refrigerator
  8. Lamps and plants (to brighten up the room)
  9. Quarters for your laundry
  10. A good attitude

Students guide to collegeFor several years, I’ve been looking for a book for my freshmen on how to succeed in college. It turns out that there are a lot of them, but none of them do quite what I had hoped they would. They talk about study techniques, using the library, keeping a project calendar — that sort of stuff. Now, all of this is useful, but it doesn’t get to the heart of what I think students need to know in order to really thrive in college — not just survive. So, what follows is based on my almost-thirty years as a professor, my work with students, and my discussions with other professors.

The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

“The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.”

The following is the entire list of 100 words Every High School Graduate Should Know:

abjure
abrogate
abstemious
acumen
antebellum
auspicious