Scholarships Awarded to Students Passionate about Health Innovations, Financial Literacy, and Community Outreach.
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The 2017 National scholarship winners are:
Health Innovations & Technology
Aneesh Agarwal– Cary, NC
Aneesh created Health Smart Tech (HST), a unique social startup that provides comprehensive comparisons of medical testing costs in multiple facilities. This allows accessibility of information, enabling the uninsured to make educated financial and healthcare decisions.
- Anurudh Ganesan –
Recognizing that access to refrigeration and electricity is not always available in developing areas around the world, Anurudh designed and developed a ‘No Ice,
No Electric‘ active refrigeration vaccine transportation system. This patent-pending system will assist global last-leg vaccine transportation by maintaining viable vaccines in a safe and effective temperature range in order to save lives.
Sarah Moelis– Hewlett, NY
Sarah created an iPad computer game “The Magic Arrows” to assist children with neuro-developmental disabilities by turning their routines into a game that is fun and reduces anxiety. The game is available for purchase via magicarrows.net with 100% of proceeds benefiting the “Fly With
Me Fund,” a foundation that provides children affected by Fragile X Syndrome with access to testing and treatment options.
Surabhi Mundada– Olympia, WA
To help overcome the obstacles experienced by neurological patients with tremors and loss of hand control experience, Surabhi developed an innovative wearable glove and armband called “MyHealth.” The glove assists with closing the hand, improves grip, and detects, monitors, and controls tremors.
Shalin Shah– Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Shalin created a free digital app called “Voice,” which assists visually impaired individuals by taking a photo of an unfamiliar object and reading the text of that object aloud. In addition to creating the app, Shalin spends time with nonprofit organizations, senior citizen facilities and institutes for the blind promoting the app and teaching individuals how it is used.
Antonio Ferris– Meza, AZ
Antonio created a ‘Cost of Credit Calculator’ app to mitigate credit card debt by quickly calculating the total interest costs incurred when using a credit card to make a purchase. This helpful tool is available via PC, Android and Apple smartphones in 194 countries, helping people make informed financial decisions.
Julie Averbach– Short Hills, NJ
Julie wrote, edited, and published “Adventures From My World” (AFMW), a comic book to support siblings of individuals with special needs. AFMW helps siblings express their emotions, and more than 8000 copies are currently being distributed in 18 US states and 4 foreign countries.
Britain Bennett– Sandusky, OH
Britain’s passion is helping young people overcome and prevent bullying. She developed a strategy called ‘TBH’ which stands for “Talk to someone, Block harmful words from your head and heart, Help others,” to help teens think before they act in an unkind manner towards others. For this work she received a proclamation for a county day in which parents are reminded to oversee their child’s social media use to prevent bullying.
- Janay Jumping Eagle –
After losing her 12 year old cousin to suicide and recognizing that it overwhelmingly affects young people living on reservations, Janay decided to take action. Through trainings, positive events, and community activism, Janay has helped many peers find help and forgo suicide on her tribal reservation. Her outreach works have been profiled on
MTVand she was invited to the White House Tribal Nations Conferencein 2015.
James Mathew– Hinsdale, IL
James created and marketed a smart phone application called “Got Food?” that has a database of over 1,600 food pantries and soup kitchens in 12 states, allowing individuals to find the closest food resource when they are assisting families in need.
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