OURS National Scholarships

Nitish Dashora (’24) and Arun Johnson (’23) Receive Astronaut Scholarships

Two Berkeley undergraduates – Nitish Dashora (EECS, ’24) and Arun Johnson (CBE, ’23) – have received the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) award for STEM majors who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance and have completed substantial work in their chosen fields outside of the classroom. The honor comes with $15,000, an accomplished mentor, and membership in the ASF network, which includes alumni, astronauts, and leaders in academic, technical research, and corporate leadership. Sophomore Nitish Dashora, from Columbus, Ohio, is interested in machine learning algorithms for general intelligence, namely those concerned […]

Cal Alum Mengyu Dong (’15) Selected as 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Mengyu Dong (Political Science/History, ‘15) has been awarded a Knight-Hennessy Scholarship to support her graduate studies in journalism at Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are selected from an international pool of applicants based on their independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and civic mindset. In addition to receiving financial support for their graduate programs, Knight-Hennessy Scholars gain exposure to a wide range of disciplines and cultures in their cohort and participate in the King Global Leadership Program, which is designed to develop transformational leadership capabilities. […]

Two Undergraduate Public Service Projects Awarded 2022 Strauss Grants

Thanks to the ingenuity and commitment of three Berkeley undergraduates, and funding support from the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Program, two new student-initiated public service projects will be launched over the coming year. Adil Raniwala (Political Science, ’22) and Garrett Oman (History/Public Policy, ’23) will use the $15,000 grant to set up community networks and deliver free halal food to Afghan refugees who were resettled in temporary housing in Alameda County in the wake of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021. “Project Peacemeal” will build on the […]

Berkeley Senior and Recent Alum Awarded P. D. Soros Fellowships

Hari Srinivasan (‘22, Psychology/Disability Studies) and Andrew Lu (‘17, MCB) have been awarded the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a scholarship that funds graduate degrees for immigrants and children of immigrants who are “poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture, or their academic field.” The selection of this year’s 30 recipients, out of a pool of 1,800 applicants, was based on merit, with an emphasis on creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. Hari, a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from India, will enter Vanderbilt’s […]

Three Undergraduates Receive Critical Language Scholarships to Study Chinese, Russian, and Turkish

Three Berkeley undergraduates have received Critical Language Scholarships, a U.S. State Department program aimed at expanding the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are considered critical to national security and economic prosperity. The scholarship funds overseas summer language and cultural immersion programs for students planning to use their language skills in their future professional careers. Ransom Miller (’24, Global Studies) is headed to Tainan, Taiwan to study Mandarin. Ransom decided to start learning Chinese in middle school because it was the hardest (and therefore the “coolest”) language offered. […]

Mrunali Manjrekar (’23) Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Mrunali Manjrekar (Bioengineering/EECS, ’23) has been awarded a $7,500 Goldwater Scholarship, a program established in honor of Senator Barry Goldwater to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. She is one of 417 recipients from across the U.S. who were nominated by their universities and then selected by the Goldwater Foundation this year. Mrunali, a Bay Area native, became interested in genetics in middle school, intrigued by the idea that the logic and simplicity of sequences could hold […]

Anjali Kantharuban (’22) Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Senior Anjali Kantharuban (Computer Science and Linguistics, ’22) has been awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which fully funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge. Anjali received the email announcing her selection only an hour before an important graduate school interview and was hard-pressed to stay cool while processing the message. Only after the interview did she call her parents and let the wonderful news sink in. Anjali, who grew up in the Bay Area and has never lived outside of the U.S., will join 22 of the most […]

A Conversation with 2022 Marshall Scholar Jonathan Kuo

Interview and article by L&S Communications assistant Juan Rivera https://ls.berkeley.edu/news/conversation-marshall-scholar-jonathan-kuo UC Berkeley undergraduate Jonathan Kuo was recently named as a 2022 recipient of the Marshall Scholarship. Created after World War II by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, this prestigious scholarship selects and finances distinguished American students to pursue graduate studies and careers at any university in the U.K. On track to graduate with a B.A. in Rhetoric & Molecular and Cell Biology this Spring (Class of 2022), Jonathan exemplifies what it means to be a Golden Bear, as well […]

Celebrating Three New Schwarzman Scholars!

Three Cal students have been named as Schwarzman Scholars and will be heading to Tsinghua University in Beijing this fall to enroll in a fully funded one-year M.A. program in Global Affairs. They will join a highly selective and diverse cohort of approximately 150 students eager to learn about Chinese culture and commerce and its role on the global stage and to develop their leadership skills. Zeliang Cai (B.A. Economics, ’22), an international student from China, is passionate about finance, particularly welfare foundation and venture capital investment. As an undergraduate, […]

Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Mangloa II

We are thrilled to feature Thomas Mangloa II. Thomas was selected as a Truman Scholar in 2019. Visit here to learn more about the Truman Scholarship. 1) Can you share some of your reasons for wanting to apply for the Truman Scholarship? I applied for the Truman scholarship because I believe journalism is a public service, especially for my community in the U.S. Territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. I recently found an interview transcript from 1997 where my grandfather Prudencio Manglona was interviewed by […]