Oumie Jallow came from a culture where many believe that women are inferior to men, but she never let that hold her back from pursuing her dreams – namely, getting an education abroad. Growing up in Gambia, Africa, Jallow wanted to study in the United States but was worried she would not be able to get financial aid.
But Jallow made it her goal to earn scholarships to finance her education, even though others told her that scholarship opportunities were few for international students – and that the competition was tough. She didn’t let the negative words dissuade her and she has received several scholarships through the College of Business, the USF Honors College, and the Florida/West Africa Linkage Institute.
The accounting major has maintained excellent grades – she has a 3.96 grade point average – while working part-time as an accounting assistant in the University Controller’s Office. She has also tutored student-athletes who need help with accounting or math.
Jallow, who speaks three languages, mentors other students through the USF Honors College and INTO, the university’s pathway for international students. Jallow is also vice president of Enactus, a student organization that is committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life for people in need.