NOVA student Oyudari Baatartsogt has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. She graduated summa cum laude from NOVA in May 2013 with an associate of arts degree in psychology.
Baatartsogt, 22, of Arlington was one of 73 students nationally to receive the prestigious award. The scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 per year, is intended to help students meet their financial needs so they can transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. The money can go toward tuition costs, housing, books and required college fees.
Baartartsogt is the seventh NOVA student in recent years to receive the scholarship.
NOVA President Robert G. Templin, Jr., congratulated Baatartsogt during a small gathering on the Alexandria Campus, where she has attended classes.
“We are so pleased to learn that Oyudari has received this prestigious honor,” Templin said. “She is truly deserving of this scholarship and we expect her to go on to do great things with her education.”
A native of Mongolia, Baatartsogt came to the United States in 2008 to complete her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Mechanicsville, Virginia. She enrolled at NOVA in 2010 to study psychology, an area of interest she plans to continue to pursue at both the bachelor and master’s level.
Baatartsogt plans to become a clinical psychologist.
“Mental health is basically underfunded and underdeveloped in Mongolia. The country lacks mental health professionals,” she said. “My dream is to one day open a mental health clinic in Mongolia so I can help people.”
Baatartsgot, an honors student, has not yet selected a college to attend. She is waiting for responses from Stanford University, Cornell University and Georgetown University. She said she is grateful for the academic opportunity NOVA has afforded her and also to those from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation who selected her to receive the scholarship award.
“This scholarship means everything to me,” she said. “It will allow me to continue my studies, which is very important to me. I am so full of happiness right now.”
While at NOVA, Baatartsogt was involved with various activities, including the Student Government Association and the International Club. She was also a tutor at the Alexandria Campus Academic Center for Excellence.