Monica Santana Rosen and Arjun Chopra, both first year students at Harvard Business School, are among the thirty finalists in the sixth annual competition for the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Fellows receive up to a $20,000 stipend plus half-tuition for as many as two years of graduate study.
The program was establishes in 1997 by Paul and Daisy Soros of New York as a charitable trust of fifty million dollars to support graduate study by New Americans – immigrants and children of immigrants. From almost 1,100 applications representing 141 national origins and 360 colleges and universities, the thirty were selected for the two-year fellowships by panels composed of New Americans.
In the past competitions, 140 Fellowships have been given; there are now 63 Fellows at 30 universities undertaking graduate study in 23 different fields. There are also 77 alumni, including six authors of books this year, ten patents, two composers whose work was premiered this year by leading orchestras, and six clerkships for Federal judges and two clerking at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Monica Rosen, who is a first-generation Dominican American, graduated from Wesleyan University in 1997. She then joined the Tiger Foundation assisting nonprofits working to break the cycle of poverty. Monica’s long-term aspiration is to develop a program offering academic enrichment and financial literacy to children and their parents.
Arjun Chopra began his college career in India, earning a BA degree in Physics from the University of Mumbai in 1995. He then gained admission to the University of Texas in Austin and earned another bachelor’s degree – a BS in Computer Science, with Special Honors and Highest Honors – in 1998. Following his graduation, Arjun joined Motive Communications, ranked the fastest growing software company in Austin, as their first college hire.
Please join me in congratulating Monica and Arjun in receiving nationally competitive fellowship.