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Bright!Tax Global Scholar funding is awarded based on an individual’s merit and financial need. Our selection process takes into account the following factors –
A Student Of Life - A Student Of The World
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Calev developed a passion for Theoretical Physics at a young age. Still only 19, he enrolled for college level classes aged 12, and entered Indiana University East full time at age 15. Having completed his undergraduate degree, Calev has now enrolled in a postgraduate Masters degree course at the University of York in the UK. “My aspiration is to discover the next Unified Field Theory. Specifically, my research seeks to develop quantum gravity, or the theorized intersection between gravity and quantum mechanics.” In his spare time, Calev is a competitive fencing youth coach.
Originally from Boston, Olivia studies neuroscience in London, with the aim of helping people whose brains have suffered trauma. In the future, Olivia hopes to continue her research by doing a PHD, with a view to specializing in neural stem cells and nervous system repair for therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative diseases. Besides studying, Olivia also works helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a therapist. In 2019 she worked as a volunteer in a therapeutic rehabilitation center in Bali, Indonesia.
David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Physics. With Bright!Tax’s support he will be taking up a place on a master’s degree course in Health Science Data at University College London (UCL) in September 2020. Outside of class, David is working to change the world. At Penn, he volunteered in the oncology department, creating a clinical database that improved treatment outcomes. He is also Chief Science Officer of MyGrow Design, a biotech startup that develops biodegradable materials (alternatives to plastics) for sustainable product design.
Skyler is currently working towards a PHD in International Relations at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously she studied at the State University of New York, Fredonia, where she graduated Cum Laude and made the Dean’s List or President’s List every semester. She is the first member of her family to go university, and after graduating from SUNY she worked at M&T to raise money to continue her studies, while also volunteering and mentoring high school students applying for college.
Nessyah is studying for a doctorate in musicology at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Nessyah previously funded her MA in Ethnomusicology by teaching music in the public school system in Miami, where she was also awarded the Presser Music Award. Nessyah said: “Being in another country is incredibly rewarding and enlightening. My outsider’s perspective as an American has provided me with a unique vantage point from which to explore the cultural and aesthetic value of this music. I’m hugely grateful to Bright!Tax for supporting my research.”
With Bright!Tax’ support, Brandon will be returning to the UK’s University of Leicester to pursue a PHD in Archaeology. Brandon completed his undergraduate studies at the same university. He assisted in the excavation of England’s King Richard III, achieving a first class degree while finding time to lecture at local high schools. When at high school himself, Brandon was valedictorian, achieved a perfect GPA, was captain of his school’s academic decathlon team, and as student council president introduced a school-wide recycling program.
Colorado-raised Addison Noel has become the fifth Bright!Tax Global Scholar. Thanks to Bright!Tax she will be taking up a place at the Tokyo International University to study International Relations in 2018 fall. The Award Committee was particularly impressed by Addison’s appreciation and understanding of the value of her US citizenship, as well as her excellent academic record, her having independently learned Japanese, and her having struggled with but ultimately overcome anxiety.
Aina’s excellent academic record and passion for experiencing life outside the US helped her to triumph over 380 other applicants. In 2016, Aina spent a semester in Sweden which she organized herself. She studied in Swedish, which she learned from scratch on her own. She has also spent her summer holiday helping to build a school in Ghana. Aina starts a full time honors degree in History and International Relations at London’s King College University in September 2017.
As a first generation American, Adeel has a keen awareness of the opportunities and responsibilities that come with being American. He has lived abroad the last couple of years though, working remotely as a computer programmer while accompanying his wife, a Peace Corps volunteer. Adeel is looking to the future though, and is now studying towards a Masters in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh.
Kersey, who is also a Fulbright Scholar, fended off competition from over 100 other applicants thanks to her academic achievements, ambition, and self-awareness with respect to being an ambassador for America in the local community in Leipzig, Germany. Through her engagement with local groups, she is actively helping to create positive perceptions towards Americans and the US abroad.
Erin is a postgraduate student working towards her PhD at University College London’s Institute of Education. Erin is also working with a group of mothers of autistic children in Kazakhstan on a program to educate teachers as to best practices when educating children with autism, with the aim of changing the perceived stigma of autism in Kazakhstan so that autistic children can be included in mainstream schools.