Four Indian-American students among the 2022 Truman Scholars – Natural Self Esteem

The Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States

Four Indian-American college students have been selected as 2022 Truman Scholars. The Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States.

Avi Gupta, Bhav Jain, Amisha A Kambath and Eshika Kaul are among 58 outstanding college students from 53 US colleges and universities selected as 2022 Truman Scholars, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced April 14 .

Each Truman Fellow receives funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.

Read: Seven Indian Americans Among 2017 Truman Fellowship Finalists (March 2, 2017)

Established by Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to the 33rd US 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 together these 58 new Trumans will rise to the challenges of their generation,” said Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish, Executive Secretary of the Foundation and 1996 Truman Fellow of Pennsylvania.

“As we pay tribute to the President of the Truman Foundation for over 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, patriotic problem solvers who never shy away from a challenge.”

Avi Gupta from Oregon is studying political science and computer science at Stanford University with a specialization in American politics and artificial intelligence (AI).

His background in AI engineering and public policy informs his passion for public service at the intersection of technology and policy. He intends to pursue a JD to use the law as a tool for shaping effective policy.

Gupta envisions a system of sane policies that address the harmful effects of emerging technologies while unleashing their transformative potential to build more equitable, effective, and responsive government.

He is particularly interested in combating political polarization by re-examining the role of social media algorithms in fueling misinformation. Gupta enjoys playing basketball, exploring new cuisines and going for walks with Zaylie, the family Labradoodle.

Bhav Jain from Pennsylvania studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jain is interested in global healthcare and the transformation of clinical care as a future doctor and policy maker.

His research spans oncology, health inequalities, and healthcare systems transformation and has been published in journals such as Nature Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Surgical Oncology, and American Journal of Managed Care.

He also works with students and physicians in 20 states through his nonprofit, The Connected Foundation, which forges cross-generational connections between youth and seniors, and works with healthcare systems to help seniors transition from inpatient or clinical to home care.

Amisha A Kambath from California is studying Social Sciences and Economics at Harvard University. Committed to justice-motivated living, she is interested in the broader criminal justice system, with a particular focus on the intersecting threads of economic opportunity, violence, urban economic development, policing, and alternatives to incarceration.

Her background in various academic disciplines studying these strands – through sociology, economics, history, political theory and literature – motivates her belief in the need for a multi-pronged and interdisciplinary approach to address issues such as the persistence of violence and economic marginality in high-risk neighborhoods Crime.

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 loves spending time outdoors, going for walks or playing basketball, and listening to and reading music analysis.

Eshika Kaul from New Jersey is a student at Wellesley College. She studies economics and peace and justice, weaving economic theory and conflict transformation practices to understand ways in which sustainable institutional change can be brought about.

Her passion for harnessing the power of grassroots activism and coalition building to advocate for change stems from her successes in establishing 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 building partnerships with local non-profit organizations.

She works with attorneys, CPAs and law students at the Harvard Legal Services Center’s Federal Tax Clinic to advocate for low-income taxpayers in IRS controversies.

Kaul has personally used her tax return to secure tens of thousands of dollars in benefits for underfunded clients, including formerly incarcerated and survivors of interpersonal violence.

Read: Four Students of Indian Origin in America Selected for Truman Scholarships (April 22, 2022)

Interested in rooting her activism in data-driven principles, she has presented her research on the long-term effects 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 with the intention of challenging systemic injustices as an advocate, community organizer, and public servant.

Selected from 705 candidates nominated by 275 colleges and universities, the 58 honorees join a community of 3,442 Truman Fellows named since the first awards were made in 1977.

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