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Congrats to a Recent Gunn Scholar

Congratulations to Bermet Zhumakadyr kyzy, who studied at Washington and Lee as an exchange student during 2010–2011. She recently graduated from the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as the valedictorian.

Bermet, a member of the Class of 2011, attended W&L as the John M. Gunn International Scholar. During her year here, she co-chaired the International Development and Relief Group of SAIL (the Student Association for International Learning) and made the Dean’s List.

The scholarship provides international students of exceptional academic, personal and professional promise with a year of study at W&L. Alfred Harrison, vice chairman and director of Alliance Capital Management Holdings L.P., created the scholarship to honor John Gunn, professor emeritus of economics at W&L. John is a member of the Class of 1945; Alfred, of the Class of 1961. Alfred received his degree from Christ’s College, Cambridge University, in his native England, but, like Bermet, spent a year as a visiting student at W&L.

Thanks to Rich Bidlack, professor of history at W&L, for sharing Bermet’s good news with us.