The Truman Fellowship is the premier graduate scholarship for future public service leaders in the United States.
Four Indian American students have been selected as 2022 Truman Scholars. The Truman Fellowship is the premier graduate scholarship for future leaders in the United States public service.
Avi Gupta, Bhav Jain, Amisha A Kambath, and Eshika Kaul are among 58 outstanding students from 53 U.S. colleges and universities selected as 2022 Truman Scholars, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced April 14.
Each Truman Scholars receives funding for graduate school, leadership training, career counseling, and special opportunities for internships and fellowships within the federal government.
Read: Seven American Indians among 2017 Truman Fellowship finalists (March 2, 2017)
Established by Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to the 33rd U.S. President, Harry S. Truman Truman, the Fellowship carries on his legacy by supporting and inspiring the next generation of public service leaders.
“We are confident that these 58 new Trumans will together meet the challenges of their generation,” says Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish, Executive Secretary of the Foundation and 1996 Truman Scholar from Pennsylvania.
“As we pay tribute to the President of the Truman Foundation for more than twenty years, Secretary Madeleine Albright, it is our responsibility to continue her work as a tireless champion of democracy, human rights and public service.
“Selected from across America, the 2022 Truman Scholars reflect our country as innovative, determined, and patriotic problem solvers, never backing down from a challenge.”
Avi Gupta from Oregon is studying political science and computer science with specializations in American politics and artificial intelligence (AI), at Stanford University.
His background in AI engineering and public policy fuels his passion for public service at the intersection of technology and politics. He intends to pursue a JD to harness the law as a tool to craft effective policy.
Gupta envisions a system of common-sense policies that address the harmful impacts of emerging technologies while unlocking their transformative potential to build a more equitable, efficient, and responsive government.
He is particularly interested in combating political polarization by re-examining the role of social media algorithms in promoting misinformation. Gupta enjoys playing basketball, exploring new cuisines and walking Zaylie, the family labradoodle.
Bhav Jain from Pennsylvania studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jain is interested in global health care delivery and the transformation of clinical care as a future physician-decision maker.
His research focuses on oncology delivery, health disparities, and health systems transformation, and has been published in media such as Nature Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Surgical Oncology and American Journal of Managed Care.
Additionally, he engages with undergraduate students and physicians in 20 states through his nonprofit, The Connected Foundation, which forges intergenerational connections between young and old, and s partners with health systems to help older people transition from hospital or clinical care to home care.
Amisha A Kambath from California is studying social studies and economics at Harvard University. Committed to a life driven by justice, she is interested in the criminal justice system as a whole, with particular emphasis on the intersecting threads of economic opportunity, violence, urban economic development, policing and alternatives to incarceration.
His experience in various academic disciplines to interrogate these threads – across sociology, economics, history, political theory and literature – motivates his belief in the need for a multipronged and interdisciplinary approach to solving problems. such as the persistence of violence and economic marginality. in high crime areas.
She intends to pursue a JD/PhD to study the architecture of the criminal justice system and examine alternative models of economic policy to challenge existing paradigms of economic development.
Kambath also enjoys spending time outdoors taking walks or playing basketball, and listening and reading about musical analysis.
Eshika Kaul from New Jersey is a student at Wellesley College. She studies economics and peace and justice, weaving together economic theory and conflict transformation practices to understand ways to create lasting institutional change.
Her passion for harnessing the power of local activism and building coalitions to advocate for change stems from her successes in creating programs to support mental health and diversity initiatives in her hometown.
At Wellesley, Kaul is a leader in civic engagement, expanding service opportunities for students by partnering with local nonprofit organizations.
She works alongside attorneys, accountants, and law students at Harvard Legal Services Center’s Federal Tax Clinic to advocate for low-income taxpayers facing IRS controversies.
Kaul has personally leveraged his tax certification to secure tens of thousands of dollars in benefits for underfunded clients, including formerly incarcerated individuals and survivors of interpersonal violence.
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Interested in grounding her activism in data-driven principles, she has presented her research on the long-term impact of childhood trauma and is currently analyzing the barriers faced by marginalized communities through a microeconomic lens.
Kaul believes that targeted financial support is one of the most fundamental mechanisms through which women and families can empower themselves. She plans to pursue a JD in an effort to challenge systemic injustices as a lawyer, community organizer and public servant.
Selected from 705 applicants nominated by 275 colleges and universities, the 58 winners join a community of 3,442 Truman Scholars nominated since the first awards in 1977.