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Three from UNC-Chapel Hill Selected as 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows

June 27, 2016
Office of Distinguished Scholarships



Aisha Saad ’09, Vishwajith Sridharan ’14 and Heidi Vuletich were recently selected as recipients of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This is the first time Carolina has had more than one person selected as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow in the same year.

Each year the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans grant up to $90,000 to 30 people for tuition, fees and stipend support over two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the U.S. for immigrants and children of immigrants. Awardees gain membership in an active community of current and past Fellows that includes U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

This merit-based competition seeks applicants with demonstrated creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment. Commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is valued, and the program has no quotas for types of degrees, universities or programs, countries of origin or gender.

“We congratulate Aisha, Vish, and Heidi on their selection as Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “We are proud to have such distinguished scholars as part of our Tar Heel family. We are a stronger, more diverse Carolina community thanks in part because of the contributions made by students who were born in other countries and complete their studies here before they embark on careers of service in our state, nation and world.”

“We were thrilled to learn that Aisha, Vish and Heidi were recognized for their potential and achievements,” said Mary Floyd-Wilson, director of Carolina’s Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is an incredible resource in that it eliminates financial barriers for young people who are determined to succeed and serve.”

To learn more about the recipients, visit the Office of Distinguished Scholarships website.


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