What you should know before applying for any scholarship program!

Many apply for fellowship and scholarship programs and many get rejected. When that happens, we tend to take it hard and think negatively of ourselves and this way of thinking discourages us from reapplying or pursuing other opportunities.

How should we take an application rejection? A rejection is not a negative reflection of you as a person but rather of your application. The selection committee reading your application does not know “you” and the only thing they will know about you is what you share with them through your application. The stronger your application is, the better your chances to get accepted. So take the time to work on it. Think of your application as a self-nomination and back it up with strong essays, clear careers objectives, stellar recommendation letters, etc… You want to leave your reader “wowed” saying, “I’d love to interview this person!”

LDA Albania delegation represented Republic of Albania in the world largest event WFYS2017 in Sochi, Russia!


My statement after the successful participation on the WFYS in Russia 2017:

An unprecedented honor to represent the Albanian nation for the first time in this worldwide festival.

The organization which I led, “LDA Albania & Kosovo” was the only organization in the Republic of Albania who gave the opportunity to the Albanian state to be represented with a delegation of 20 young people in Sochi, Russia, among 30,000 young people from 180 countries.

I can trustworthy say that was not just a milestone but a dream and an ideal realized by young people by promoting solidarity, peace and social justice, a story to write, a start for a mission, an international vision that we will reach…

Indian American Philanthropist Inspires Atlas Corps Fellows: Beginnings, Being, and Becoming


Washington, DC (May 25, 2017) – Excerpts from the Atlas Corps Class 24 Welcome Event keynote address by Frank Islam. You can view additional media coverage at the Business Standard and on this Facebook Live video.

Thank you for that kind introduction.Thank you for your warm welcome. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks Scott Beale for his leadership and for inviting me to address you today. I have been invited to be with you Atlas Fellows today to share some thoughts regarding my journey and your journey.  And, I will do so.

Youth Potential in Action–My Learning Outcomes from Reviewing YLAI Applications

Photo Source: ylai.state.gov

Photo Source: ylai.state.gov

The day was June 9th. I was looking forward to this day to be able to review the applications of President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative(YLAI). YLAI is a program that seeks to address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women by empowering them and other civil society leaders to enhance economic development, human rights, security, etc. in the region.

Unless you have the chance to go through the applications, you don’t know what “potential of the youth” and YLAI really mean. Lots of great ideas both in untapped markets and new areas of development, that show positive signs of prosperity that is soon to come.

Creating Global Leaders for Emerging Challenges

Not everyone manages to do things they want to do either because of lack of opportunities or giving up in the struggle to achieve greater things in life. At the same time, there are people who turn hurdles and challenges into opportunities by exercising consistence and become more than what they have envisioned. Historically, all great people struggle at the beginning may it be Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein or Galileo Galilei; however, the times have changed and now it has become easier to identify and support people who are making a positive impact in their societies. International exchange programs are one of the most effective tools that is being employed in the United States to create future global leaders and enable them to address critical challenges through innovation and collaboration.