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Maisoon Chowdhury

SDFA scholar pays it forward after graduation

When ASU graduate Maisoon received a coveted Fulbright Scholarship, she did something unexpected and remarkable with her award: She gave part of it to the ASU Sun Devil Family Association, an organization she credits with providing so much support through college that it helped make her the person she is.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” Maisoon says. “They saw potential in me when I didn’t see it myself.”

Where she is today is Dhaka, Bangladesh, serving as an English Fulbright Teaching Assistant at East West University. But a few years ago, Maisoon says, she was an undecided ASU freshman struggling to choose a course of study. When she received a scholarship from the Sun Devil Family Association, she discovered that it came with more than just funding. It came with a host of ASU parents who were there to encourage and support her.

"I wouldn’t be where I am today without [the SDFA]. They saw potential in me when I didn't see it myself."Maisoon 

“If I ever needed anything, I would call them,” she remembers. “They would suggest resources or tell me where I could find tutoring. They mostly became my friends.”

But even when she is in Bangladesh, she never forgets ASU and her family here. “I hope my kids will go here,” she says, laughing. “I’m a Sun Devil forever. That’s not something that leaves your heart.”

Her advice to incoming Sun Devils: Avail yourself of the SDFA, explore your options and take advantage of support services. “Always remember your family is right on University and College. They’re right down the street for you with insurmountable support.”

Want to join Maisoon in supporting students? Support the Sun Devil Family Association Scholarship Fund today!

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