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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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    • David Hanifi

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      David grew up in Maine, the child of Afghan refugees who had fled Russia's invasion of Afghanistan. His family at first questioned the practicality of David's choice to pursue a career in academic...

    • Sundeep Iyer

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      Born in New Jersey, Sundeep is the son of Indian immigrants. His parents came to America in the 1970s, leaving behind families that they felt duty-bound to support. Through their example, Sundeep...

    • George Karandinos

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      Activism and idealism run deeply through George's family history. During World War II, his great-grandfather joined the Greek anti-Nazi resistance as a medic and was tortured and executed by German...

    • Daniel Kim

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      The son of Korean immigrants, Daniel moved to California with his parents when he was seven. His grandfather was a farmer, and his father was the first in his family to get a college education....

    • Mona Lotfipour

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      Growing up in Pennsylvania, Mona was acutely aware of the sacrifices her parents had made to give her opportunities not afforded girls in their native Iran. Upon arriving to the US her parents worked...

    • Sana Raoof

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      As a Muslim teen, Sana faced a dilemma: she wanted to run track but dress modestly. She qualifiedfor Junior Nationals four times in the 800meters and ran varsity track at Harvard College in a boy's...

    • Kevin Shenderov

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      Kevin's family fled Chernovtsy, the Ukrainian town south of Chernobyl where he was born, to seek medical care in the US for illnesses developed after the 1986 nuclear disaster. Thanks to doctors in...

    • Jasmeet Ahuja

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      JASMEET AHUJA was born in California to Punjabi Sikh parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Her family's harrowing experience with religious intolerance in India continues to...

    • Parwiz Abrahimi

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      Parwiz was born in Afghanistan to a family of Hazaras, a Shi'ite Muslim group traditionally marginalized in Afghan society. When he was only three, his family fled into northwestern Pakistan. A year...

    • Ryaan Ahmed

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      Ryaan was born in the UK to physicians from Bangladesh. They immigrated to the United States when he was seven. Throughout high school he was drawn to music: he studied classical guitar, played in...

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