Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, but what makes the program unique is the access to a lifetime of resources provided to scholarship recipients.
Shubhayu Bhattacharyay will be attending Johns Hopkins University.
An aspiring neurosurgeon Shubhayu Bhattacharyay graduated as valedictorian at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. He was president of Mira Costa’s National Honor Society and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. A decorated science student, Shubhayu was president of the Mira Costa Science Olympiad team, with which he won medals in the Dynamic Planet, Anatomy and Physiology, and Disease Detectives categories. Shubhayu also won the Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge, in which he designed and built a remote-control blimp.
Shubhayu researched the issues surrounding universal access to education, which inspired him to volunteer as a math teacher at a school for underprivileged children in his native India. Teaching in Kolkata affected Shubhayu deeply; he plans to return to the school and now considers educational opportunity a personal priority. He created an advanced math tutoring center at El Camino College.
Shubhayu plans to study biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Simaranjeet Rai will be attending University of California, Berkley.
Rai, a graduate of Granada Hills Charter High School credits a summer study-abroad opportunity in Russia for igniting her keen interest in international relations. For six weeks she lived with a host family in Kirov, took daily five-hour intensive Russian language classes, and absorbed Russian culture through visits to museums, libraries and an embassy. Rai has won awards from the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. Her Russian trip was the result of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship. She has won many honors at her school, including four years of honor roll and Highest Honors in the International Baccalaureate Program. She was one of 16 cadet commanders in the Los Angeles Police Department Cadet Program, overseeing community service programs for 6,000 cadets.Rai co-founded and ran The Snack Strategy Club, educating students about healthy eating habits and bringing the campus its first farmers market.
Jeet will study international relations at UC, Berkeley and plans a career in foreign service.