Emory University medical student Arun Mohan is one of 30 American graduate students to receive the 2005 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Mr. Mohan, a 26-year-old joint MD/MBA candidate, is Emory's first recipient of the Soros Fellowship.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans were established in 1997 in support of graduate education for immigrants and children of immigrants. This year Soros fellowships were awarded to 30 extraordinarily accomplished young people, chosen from more than 1,000 applicants at 336 undergraduate and 156 graduate institutions. Soros Fellows will receive for two years, one-half of the tuition cost of their graduate study at any institution of higher education in the United States, as well as a maintenance grant of $20,000 per year.
While at Emory, Mr. Mohan has served as the president and co-founder of Health Students Taking Action Together, Inc. or HealthSTAT (www.hstatweb.org), a non-profit organization promoting student engagement on health-related issues in Atlanta. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of the Atlanta Medical Association, a director of Georgians for a Common Sense Health Plan, an advisor for Wellsolve Health Research Network and the co-founder of Recognizing and Encouraging Aspirations in Community Health. Additionally, he is the first-ever student director of the American Medical Association Foundation.
"I'm really excited and honored to be part of such a distinguished group of young people," says Mr. Mohan, who is quick to share his recognition. "Receiving the Fellowship brings to light the fantastic work that health students around the state are doing through HealthSTAT. It also reveals the tremendous support and encouragement that Emory provides its students. What we've done wouldn't be possible anywhere else."
Mr. Mohan, whose parents are naturalized citizens who emigrated from India, received his BA in sociology and anthropology with a concentration in Latin American studies from Swarthmore College. He studied as a Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow towards a Master's in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University. He envisions a career as a physician-advocate, concerned with access to and quality of healthcare.
"This is a great honor for Mr. Mohan -- he is a bright, talented student," says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of the Emory School of Medicine. "He represents everything we look for in a medical student. Mr. Mohan is an exceptional and dedicated scholar and leader who has a contagious passion for using his knowledge and skills to have a real impact on society. He is a great asset to the Emory community, and will be a great physician."
"Arun brings great depth to our program," said Kembrel Jones, EdD, MBA, associate dean and director of Goizueta Business School's full-time MBA Program. "His background in healthcare and his involvement in the community allows him to add yet another perspective to the vigorous exchange of ideas in the business school classroom. Well-spoken and thoughtful in his approach, Arun leads by persuading those around him to expand the ways in which they view the world. He is a perfect example of the kind of principled leader that our full-time MBA program develops."