Cheyenne Darrow is a first-generation college student who started undergraduate career at Mt. San Jacinto College before transferring to the University of California, Riverside where she is earning her bachelor degree in microbiology. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Cheyenne intends to pursue a PhD and become part of the next generation of researchers.
Miriam “Mary” Sarkisian
Mary is a second year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine .
Eshan Gowdini was born Feb. 5, 1993 in Kangaver, a city in Kermanshah, a western province of Iran. Gowdini attended school in his hometown, and graduated second in his class, as a natural sciences major.
A month before completing high school, his father passed away. This tragedy was a shock to his whole family, but despite this loss, Gowdini began his undergraduate career in 2012, at Bu-Ali Sina University in Hamadan, Iran, where he majored in chemistry. He graduated in 2016, ranked as the top student in the chemistry department. After completing his bachelor’s in chemistry, Gowdini moved to Tehran, where he attended Tarbait Modares University, graduating with a master’s in physical chemistry. Throughout his academic career, Gowdini has successfully published twice and was the only Iranian student invited to attend the 54th Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry in Halle, Germany, in 2018. Unfortunately, without university funding, the financial strain on Gowdini, and his family was too great, and he was unable to attend.
Today Gowdini is excited to continue his education at Michigan State University, where he will earn his PhD in physics. He notes that “I always wanted to be a research-scientist who can solve problems or difficulties and make human life more comfortable and convenient.”
With the assistance of The Dr. Montakhab Foundation, Gowdini was able to travel to the American Embassy in Armenia to obtain his student visa. A critical step required for enrollment in Michigan State University.
Ahmed Alghorydh started his undergraduate journey at Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where he was awarded the Scholarship Award for Overcoming Adversity and Obstacles. Furthermore, he is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. After completing his associate degree, he transferred to University of California, Riverside to complete his bachelor’s in science with a neuroscience major. Ahmed was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Montakhab Memorial Scholarship based on his resilience and passion for science and the community around him.