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November 16, 2021

Ani Kaufmann Mamisashvili remembers what it was like to be an international student.

Ani Kaufmann Mamisashvili remembers what it was like to be an international student. Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Ani arrived in the U.S. to pursue a business and legal education. In 2013, she enrolled at JCCC with the goal of becoming an attorney, and she did. Today, she is giving back. Thankful for her JCCC journey, Ani started a scholarship fund.

JCCC’s International and Immigrant Student Services (IISS) would be instrumental in her journey of academic success. “The international student department was helpful in so many ways—they were encouraging when I needed the encouragement, and offered financial assistance when I needed that,” she says.

In particular, her counselor, Dave Ellis, was always cheering her on. “Dave was crucial in me having a positive experience at JCCC—he advocated for me, encouraged me, wrote me recommendation letters to find an on-campus job and was an overall great mentor,” said Ani. “He saw something in me when I couldn’t see it myself and truly believed in me and my success.”

Get Involved, Stay Involved

The encouragement went a long way. Ani worked as a Student Ambassador, was involved in the International Club and received the Outstanding Student Award.

According to Dave, Ani’s hard work and dedication set her apart as outstanding.

“Ani was one of the most caring, professional, organized and loyal students I encountered at JCCC,” he said. “I have worked with many excellent students, but only a few go beyond the expectations required of a normal student. Ani was one of those outstanding students.”

After graduating in 2015, Ani went on to earn her Bachelor of Business Administration at Rockhurst University and her MBA and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She now works as a banking and finance attorney for Husch Blackwell.

Recurring Donation Creates IISS Scholarship

Remembering how instrumental JCCC was in her success, Ani and her husband, Nick Kaufmann Mamisashvili, decided to create a monthly recurring gift for IISS scholarships to express their gratitude. “My husband and I are passionate about education, especially having access and opportunities to education,” Ani said. “We decided to give back and pay it forward. My hope is that this alleviates at least a little financial stress for international students to help them concentrate on their studies and their passions.

“It is important to us that the international students at JCCC feel supported by their community and that they know that somebody believes in them, their education and their success.”

Check out how JCCC supports International and Immigrant Students.