Current Scholar Profiles
Class Year: 2022
Aichuk attended S.F.X. Greenherald International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Aichuk learned guitar where he formed a band that performed at multiple venues and a live radio show, was an executive member in his school’s environmental awareness club, and volunteered at Perception Foundation where he collected clothing, food, toys, and funds for underprivileged children and Cyclone Mora victims. At Brandeis, Aichuk is interested in studying Computer Science and Economics.
Audri Bhowmick attended St. Joseph Higher Secondary School in Dhaka, Bangladesh where he found his commitment and passion for fighting pollution. As the Founder and President of “Bloom Bangladesh,” Audri planted trees all over his city, including at the local schools where he inspired students to learn more about environmental issues. In addition to environmental advocacy work, Audri also taught debate to students in rural communities and organized annual debate tournaments.
Class Year: 2021
Major: French & Francophone Studies
Akim is originally from Benin but attended high school at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts, where he played basketball for 4 years and was team captain. Akim was a community leader at Tabor, serving as a dormitory proctor, admissions tour guide, and peer mentor for other international students. Before coming to the US, Akim walked 18 kilometers every day to school and basketball practice. He is on the varsity basketball team here at Brandeis and is currently studying French & Francophone Studies and Business.
Aranjin grew up in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and attended the British School of Ulaanbaatar. During his time in high school, he held various leadership positions, most notably holding the position of Head Student in his senior year. Prior to coming to Brandeis, he spent his semester off sharing his experiences and guiding other Mongolian students through the U.S. college application process. At Brandeis, Aranjin is interested in studying both Economics and Mathematics.
Vicente is from Santiago de Chile and attended the Instituto Nacional High School, Chile's oldest educational institution. Prior to attending Brandeis Vicente took two gap years to participate in EducationUSA's Opportunity Program and volunteer at Amnesty International on a youth-led project on the subject of inclusive sex education, in addition to other peer education projects and national and international-level advocacy. At Brandeis, he found the opportunity to rediscover his artistic interest and to be involved in a variety of multimedia projects in the campus community. His goals aim to document different world visions and to promote cultural understanding through teaching and the arts.
Class Year: 2021
Minor: Creativity, Arts, Social Transformation
Nicole is from Ecuador and attended Montebello Academy. She earned a social innovation certificate in Ecuador, interned at both a marketing firm and a local hospital, and worked part time in an advertising agency. Nicole has extensive experience working with children as an extracurricular instructor and summer camp organizer. At Brandeis, Nicole is interested in both economics and anthropology, and would like to use technology to work in the field of social entrepreneurship.
Julia Braeunig was born in Germany and attended the Robert Bosch United World College. Prior to attending Brandeis, Julia spent her gap year in Brazil teaching low-income students sports, music, and English, She also coordinated plastic collection project on the beaches of Florianopolis. She has also taught German to Syrian refugees in the past four years. As a UWC student, Julia was selected to be on a peer supporter and had the opportunity to intern at the Parliament in Rhineland-Palatine.
Class Year: 2021
Akwasi hails from Ghana, where he attended St. Augustine’s Academy. Akwasi started social impact business venture with his uncle, installing accessible restroom facilities. He served as a school leader as a residence hall prefect, peer tutor, and drama club stage manager. He was also involved in community service, and served as financial controller for an organization that raised funds for malaria prevention. At Brandeis he is studying economics and business, and would like to work to improve infrastructure in Ghana.
Anthilia Alchanat attended Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. As a natural leader and activist in her community, Anthilia volunteered for many organizations that help better the world around her. She was responsible for organizing activities like tours in Thessaloniki and soccer games for refugee children and taught Greek language and culture at an international camp in New York. In addition to her passion for the natural sciences. Anthilia also speaks five different languages (Greek, English, Hebrew, French, and Spanish)!
Kruti grew up in India and attended schools around the world, ultimately graduating from Mahindra United World College in Pune. She interned in a defense technology research center and with the Delhi metro rail corporation, organized a TedX event at her high school, and volunteered as an English and math tutor. She is accomplished both as a poet and as a sharpshooter, having published original writing as well as taking home medals in shooting competitions. Having already been engaged in peace-building efforts, she is interested in studying Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies at Brandeis.
Moldir attended Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. During high school, Moldir founded a gender equality club, mastered the Dombra (Kazakh traditional lute), and competed in several volleyball tournaments. She is also an avid student of Karate, employing her determination in all aspects of life. At Brandeis, Moldir is a STEM-loving activist who is passionate about the interdisciplinary curriculum.
Emmanuel (Kwizo) Kwigenga attended Baricho High School in Kenya. As a mentor in his community and champion for social justice, Kwizo co-founded an organization called “Gifting Hands,” where he organized visits to children’s homes and coordinated team-building activities for local youth. Using photography as a medium for storytelling, Kwizo recorded interviews, covered events and shared stories of refugees through social media.
Erick Amezcua grew up in Mexico and attended Radford School in El Paso, Texas where he was valedictorian of his class. Erick was able to get a glimpse of life at Brandeis where he participated in the Brandeis Service Corps during the summer which sparked his passion for social justice. Being an active part of his community, Erick was very involved in a number of different activities such as the varsity soccer team and President of the Latin Club.
Class Year: 2024
After interning in a health clinic during the summer of her junior year at high school, Adetolani became interested in the complexities of the healthcare sector of Nigeria and has spent her time since then trying to understand these complexities. She does this through work experience and on the ground research. She hopes to use the skills gathered to improve the access of low-income Nigerians to better healthcare through advocacy. Adetolani also attended the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa where she served as the president of the Debate club. Outside of these experiences, she enjoys storytelling, reading, listening to podcasts, and photography.
Syeda Khadija Tirmazi graduated top in her class at Pakistan School Muscat in Oman. Passionate about education and gender equality, Khadija has inspired young girls in her community to pursue the STEM fields. Described by her teachers as insightful, inquisitive, and globally-minded, Khadija is excited to enrich Brandeis with her experiences and knowledge of the issues women of color face in the Middle East.
Juan attended the Colegio Nacionale Heroes de la Patria in Paraguay. He was actively involved in projects at the American Cultural Center and EdUSA, tutoring other students and adult learners and assisting peers in their college searches. He also worked with several NGOs, assisting underprivileged Paraguayans and spearheading advocacy for the LGBT community. He is interested in studying International and Global Studies and Education, and hopes to continue community building and social advocacy efforts at Brandeis.
Aliyu hails from Sierra Leone, and graduated from the United World College Thailand in Phuket. As a UWC student, Aliyu was engaged extensively in service, volunteering at a health clinic, teaching English, and working on environmental restoration projects. He was also active as a football player and volunteer football instructor, and participated in a peace-building initiative focused on mediation and conflict resolution. He is passionate about the sciences as well as social justice, and hopes study healthcare-related disciplines at Brandeis.
Sabina graduated from Leaf Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia. During her time in high school, she worked to raise awareness and educate others about current events in Slovakia. Sabina has been a champion of social justice within her community, and has run an NGO focused on educating Slovaks about corruption as part of a collaborative effort with her classmates. She was also the senior editor of her school’s newspaper and interned at the Slovak NGO Center for Philanthropy. Currently Sabina is a co-organizer of 'deis IMPACT! 2019. She is interested in pursuing the nonprofit field and hopes to inspire the next generation to be more educated and involved with bringing positive change to society.
Joshua Aldwinckle-Povey grew up in the United Kingdom where he attended high school at the Anglo European School in Essex. Joshua has a deep interest in continuing to learn about the world around him and educating others. For a number of years, Joshua participated in a community radio show where he has had the opportunity to interview members of his community. Interested in pursuing philosophy and/or politics at Brandeis, Joshua aspires to become a journalist one day.
Rafi attended The Koç School in Istanbul, Turkey. He was in a semi-professional theater troupe for seven years where he performed in nine different plays as well as writing and directing two of them. He was one of the leaders of the Jewish Community in Istanbul and had many responsibilities ranging from organizing camps and events to training future leaders for the community. He also wrote film reviews for many different school magazines, created content for different Youtube channels, and hosted a weekly podcast show. He would like to study film at Brandeis and produce his own movies someday in the future.
Thabang is a South African graduate of the African Leadership Academy (ALA). At the ALA, he served as a Committee Chairperson for the ALA Model African Union, an organizer and facilitator of Build In A Box camps and the Logistics Intern for the South African Ideas Festival. All these programs are geared towards bringing young people from all over the African continent together to discuss what role they have in solving Africa's most pressing challenges. He also served as a Residential Assistant. He seasonally works as a workshop facilitator for enke Make Your Mark, an organisation which exists to reverse negative trends that affect young people all over South Africa by developing agents of social responsibility, innovation, and entrepreneurship. His greatest interest, however, lies in the improvement of healthcare access for underprivileged people. He has worked as a Peer Promoter for the South African National Blood Services and conducted research on enhancing medical tourism for Pan-African development. At Brandeis he is interested in studying Health: Science, Society and Policy and he hopes to use the skills that he will learn to become an advocate for healthcare access when he returns home.
Linh graduated from Moscow Gymnasium 1534 in Moscow, Russia. Wanting to spread her Vietnamese culture, Thuy Linh organized events to support orphans from Tver, Russia where she familiarized them with Vietnamese culture through music. She also represented Vietnam at the Global Youth Summit in Cambodia where she was awarded second place for her project on using salt and water to power a fan. Since 8th grade, Thuy Linh has been passionate about helping Russian children in orphanage communities through clothing drives, fundraisers, and teaching the children English. Wanting to continue this line of work, Thuy Linh wants to major in Computer Science at Brandeis, to provide educational and mentoring opportunities to children who do not have access to technology to empower them with the tool of education.