Swapsy Scholarship Q1 2019 Result

It is with honor and privilege for us to present you here, the results of the first Swapsy Scholarship Program.

Launched in Jan 2019, this quarterly scholarship program aims to encourage the communication among international students and expatriates, those who live far far away from their homelands. As a former international student, and a current expat who has been away from home for more than 15 years, I know that life overseas can be exciting, and it can also be challenging, lonely, and frustrating. By sharing the stories of the people from this community, we would like to let you know that, you are not alone there. We see solitude and homesick in these stories. We have tears and laughters. We learn the lessons the hard way. We try to get stronger, more independent, and take on more responsibility for ourselves and our families. And we all miss our loved ones back home.

We received more than 20 submissions during the first quarter. The participants are from 16 different countries, studying in 10 different countries including the US, UK, Germany, Canada, China, etc. We would like to thank all of you, who are so generous and brave to share your stories with us. We thank you for your support and trust in us. We work hard to carry it on, and pay it forward.

Congratulations to:

WinnerJacob Mocholi Garcia
Finalists Anchita Addhya
Afrina Asad
Kitty Xu
Sterina Sorci
Esther Michel
Honorable mentions Laiba Bukhari
Jozefina Shkoza
Denicia Kassie
Sweet Melaine Barua
Amanda Valu Barbosa Cunha
Nikunj Sharma
Kali Hailegiorgis
Winfrida Mtewele
Oliver Lopez

Swapsy team

Swapsy Scholarship Q1 2019 Application

First PrizeFinalists
Number of winners15
Cash Prize for each$500$100
SwapCredits for each50,000 (worth of $500)10,000 (worth of $100)

Entry Fee: none

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Language: English

Word Limit: 500 - 5,000

Results Announced: March 22, 2019

Open to International Students Worldwide

Topic: Life as an International Student

For example, you could talk about cultural differences, living independently, language, finances abroad, or any other experience.

This is a quarterly program launched by Swapsy, to encourage communication within the international student community. The founding team of Swapsy are all former international students, and we understand the excitement as well as the difficulties of living away from home and studying in a different country.

Selected articles will be posted on Swapsy Blog as an honorable mention.


Kim Davis King

Co-Director, StartR & mystartupxx & Adjunct Professor, SDSU & UC San Diego

Kim is the co-Director of StartR and mystartupxx at the UCSD Rady Business School, a lecturer at the Rady UCSD Business School, an Adjunct professor at SDSU and on the oversight committee for Evonexus, a San Diego incubator. Kim holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She sits on various non-profit boards and holds leadership positions including the National Charity League.

Lada Rasochova

Executive director of the California Institute for Innovation and Development

Lada is also managing director of the Rady Venture Fund, and founding director of the Triton Innovation Challenge at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management. She is the founding director of the student accelerators StartR and mystartupXX. In addition, she is the co-founder and CEO of Dermala, a biotech startup developing novel treatments for skin diseases. Lada received her doctorate in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Iowa State University and MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. She is an inventor of issued and pending patents, author of several scientific publications, and a recipient of numerous awards, including the Most Innovative Thinker Award in 2015.

Damian Medina

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China

Damian received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in the United States of America. He was a founding member and the inaugural Vice-President of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services and currently serves on the international leadership board as social media manager. He has worked for over 15 years in Higher Education in various Student Affairs leadership roles throughout four regions of the world at various campuses in the USA, the Middle East in Qatar and Kuwait, and Europe in Switzerland, not to mention a masters internship at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an China. He considers himself a citizen of the world with having the opportunity to visit and interculturally emerse himself in, till present, 60 countries. Aside from travel his other true passion is photography.

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter briefly introducing yourself (school, major, current location, place of origin) and attach the article in word doc format in an email to event@theswapsy.com with the title “Swapsy Scholarship Application”.