Dilafruz Samadova is the Fremont Rotary Student of the Month for March. In high school, she received both Academic Excellence and Leadership Excellence awards.

At Terra State, she has also made her mark. She currently serves as vice president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, is a senator-at-large for Terra State Student Government, and was the lead coordinator of the 2016 College Project – creating a Campus Food Cupboard for food-insecure students.

Dilafruz has also been on the Dean’s List, was selected to attend Ohio’s 2016 Sexual Violence Prevention Summit, and was nominated for the All-Ohio Academic Team this year.

She is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead where she is the church youth group coordinator, vacation bible school coordinator’s assistant and a Catechist aide. She has logged nearly 900 hours of service for the church. Relay for Life in Sandusky County has also benefited from her volunteer hours.

Dilafruz has a soft place in her heart for Terra State.

“From the first day on campus, I knew it was the right choice,” she said. “My community college experience has been challenging but enlightening. It exposed and expanded my worldview and my sense of what is possible. With the support of instructors and faculty, I started believing in abilities. Earning a college degree is my first step in achieving my vision of becoming a teacher and making difference in children’s lives around the world. I call Terra State Community College a happy place and my home because it had changed me and my views of the possibilities.”

This native of Tajikistan has impressed Associate Professor Michelle White who nominated her for the Rotary award.

“Dilia is focused on the future. She may go to Bowling Green to get a bachelor’s in education, and then she will decide whether she will get a master’s degree or will join the Peace Corp for a while,” she said. “Her goal is to go to countries where women’s education is not typically supported. And she wants to teach young women in those countries and try and use her experience to inspire them to move beyond the limitations that have been placed on them by their regional culture.”

Congrats to Dilafruz Samadova, Terra State’s Rotary Student of the Month for March.