EVANSTON, Ill. --- Amit Bouri, a Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management student, is among the thirty 2006 Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellows.
Fellows receive up to a $20,000 stipend plus half-tuition for as many as two years of graduate study at any institution of higher learning in the United States.
Bouri is enrolled in a joint-degree program with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At the end of the three-year program, he will receive an MBA from Kellogg and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School.
He spent last year (2004-05) at Harvard and is at Kellogg for the 2005-06 academic year where he is leading global health and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Bouri will be at Kellogg in Fall 2006 and at Harvard in Spring 2007. He will graduate from both programs in June 2007.
He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College. While there, he studied traditional Chinese medicine in Shanghai, China, and co-founded a mentoring program for underprivileged immigrant children in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. After his graduation, Bouri first worked as a consultant for Bain & Company and later for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he contributed to the implementation of international programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Recently, he helped develop a strategic plan for Johnson & Johnson’s HIV/AIDS philanthropic efforts. Bouri envisions a career focused on mobilizing private, public, and nonprofit resources to address poverty and inequity.
Now in its ninth year of operation, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans have already become one of the most highly recognized and sought-after awards for graduate study in the United States. Almost 800 applicants, who are naturalized citizens, resident aliens, or the children of naturalized citizens, completed applications this year. They represented 134 countries of national origin and came from 360 colleges and universities. The thirty fellows were selected from eighty-four finalists who were interviewed in New York and Los Angeles.