Photo of Kana Kerimkulova

Kanykei Kerimkulova ’11

Kyrgyzstan

Path to St. Kate’s: Kana is an international student from Kyrgyzstan, located in central Asia (west of China).

Outside the classroom: In her second and third years at St. Kate’s, Kana was president of the UNICEF club on campus and vice president of the St. Catherine International Student Organization. She was also an orientation assistant for first-year students and part of the LEAD Team that offers leadership training to students and student groups on campus. Kana is now a resident advisor at Alberta Apartments.

Women’s education: “St. Kate’s is a unique institution that provides women with educational opportunities and the chance to develop leadership skills and to take part in a wide variety of activities. It is home for many students and has a very positive and warm atmosphere.”

St. Kate's scholarships: Kana received the Teresa Hennes Award for business majors and was named among the “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” She also won a scholarship through St. Kate’s to attend “a great seminar” on Women and International Policy in Washington, D.C., organized by the Public Leadership Education Network.

Future goals: “I’m planning to use all the knowledge that I gained here in practice. I am applying to graduate schools in the United States and also in the United Kingdom. And, hopefully, after completing my graduate studies, I can go back to Kyrgyzstan and work for the foreign affairs office or an international organization.”