4 American Indians among 58 outstanding college students selected as Truman Scholars


Four American Indians are among 58 outstanding students selected as Truman Scholars. The scholarship is awarded to college juniors “with exceptional leadership potential who are engaged in careers in the government, non-profit or advocacy sectors, in education, or elsewhere in public service.” It aims “to support and empower the community of Truman scholars and to strengthen a commitment to public service in all its forms through intellectual, personal, and professional development.”

The scholarship was established by the United States Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to the 33rd President of the United States.

Indian American scholars include Eshika Kaul, Wellesley College; Avi Gupta, Stanford University; Bhav Jain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Amisha Kambath, Harvard.

Avi Gupta from Oregon is studying political science and computer science with majors 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,” his profile on Truman’s website reads. Gupta intends to sue a JD to exploit the law as a tool for developing effective policy. He enjoys playing basketball, exploring new cuisines and walking Zaylie, the family labradoodle.

Bhav Jain of Pennsylvania is interested in the delivery of global health care 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 move from hospital or clinical care to home care.

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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. She intends to pursue a JD/Ph.D. studying the architecture of the criminal justice system and examining alternative models of economic policy to challenge existing paradigms of economic development. She also enjoys spending time outdoors taking walks or playing basketball, and listening and reading about musical analysis.

Eshika Kaul from New Jersey is a major in economics and peace and justice at Wellesley College. 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. She plans to pursue a JD in an effort to challenge systemic injustices as a lawyer, community organizer and public servant.


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