OURS National Scholarships

Two Alums from Class of ’22 Selected as Knight-Hennessy Scholars!

Cal alumnae Khushi Malde (’22, Data Science/Business Administration) and Sharon Lee (’22, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science) have been selected to join the 2024 cohort of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University, a program that financially supports up to three years of graduate study at Stanford for 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment.

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Khushi Malde

Khushi is interested in using technology to promote experiential learning among middle and high school students. She is passionate about creating student-centric learning environments that allow students to discover what they are truly passionate about. Khushi heads the growth team at Lumiere Education, working to make high-quality research opportunities more accessible for high school students across the globe. She has helped expand these opportunities to 60+ countries. Born and raised in Kenya, Khushi also runs a non-profit organization – Technology and Entrepreneurship Ladder Inc – through which she provides entrepreneurship education to high school students in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Berkeley, she helped build the Data Scholars Program, was a leader in several student organizations (Jain Students Association, Entrepreneurs @ Berkeley etc), and also taught a DeCal on Modern Jainism. She is a recipient of the Education 2.0 Outstanding Leadership Award for her contributions in the education industry. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, she will be pursuing a Masters in Learning, Design and Technology at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.

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Sharon Lee
Sharon, a PhD student in computer science at the Stanford School of Engineering, aspires to advance the field of computer vision, particularly in understanding how humans cognitively perceive and interpret abstract visual concepts. Sharon has been a researcher at the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab working on brain-robot interfaces, robotics, and generative models for images. In Malaysia, her home country, Sharon founded an organization providing accessible education to orphans. Since moving to the U.S., she has worked on developing physical science visualization tools for low-income schools at the Concord Consortium and has advocated for college student resources with senators at the Capitol. She was awarded the Cal Alumni Leadership Award and named a Siebel Scholar in the class of 2024.