Four Indian American Students Named among 2022 Truman Scholars   

Four Indian American college students have been named 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 exceptional college students from 53 US colleges and universities.  

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced the names of awardees on April 14.  

The scholars would receive funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counselling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.  

Congress established the fellowship in 1975 in memory of Harry S. Truman Truman, the 33rd US President. The scholarship carries his legacy by supporting and inspiring the next generation of public service leaders.  

“We have confidence that these 58 new Trumans will meet their generation’s challenges together,” said  Dr Terry Babcock-Lumish, the Foundation’s Executive Secretary and a 1996 Truman Scholar from Pennsylvania.  

“As we pay tribute to the Truman Foundation’s president for over twenty years, Secretary Madeleine Albright, it is our responsibility to carry on 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, purposeful, patriotic problem-solvers, never shying away from a challenge.”  

Avi Gupta pursues political science and computer science with specialisations in American politics and artificial intelligence (AI) at Stanford University. He intends to pursue a JD to harness law to craft effective policy. He envisions a common-sense policies system that addresses the harmful impacts of emerging technology while unlocking its transformative potential to build a more equitable, effective, and responsive government.  

Bhav Jain, a student at MIT, is interested in global health care delivery and transforming clinical care as a future physician-policymaker. His research spans oncology delivery, health disparities, and health systems transformation. It has been published in Nature Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Surgical Oncology, and American Journal of Managed Care. 

Amisha A Kambath is pursuing social studies and economics at Harvard University. Committed to a life motivated by justice, she is interested in the criminal legal system writ large, focusing on the intersecting threads of economic opportunity, violence, urban economic development, policing, and alternatives to incarceration. 

Eshika Kaul studies economics and peace and justice. Eshika’s passion for harnessing the power of grassroots activism and coalition building to advocate for change stemmed from her successes in founding programs to support mental health and diversity initiatives in her hometown.   

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