Incoming student receives Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans announced that thirty scholars, all of whom are immigrants or children of immigrants, will receive $90,000 grants each to pursue graduate studies at U.S. universities. The program was established in 1997 by Paul & Daisy M. Soros of New York as a charitable trust, which now has a corpus of $75 million to support graduate study by New Americans - immigrants and children of immigrants. 

This year’s recipients include scholars whose families came to the U.S. in order to escape persecution. Yuri Boguinia, a talented composer graduating from Juilliard whose family fled Russia to avoid religious persecution; will be starting a Ph.D. in music composition at Princeton this fall. (Read Yuri's bio.)

“These remarkable scholars are poised to make significant and lasting contributions to American life,” said Dr. Craig Harwood, who directs the program and mentors fellows as their academic, professional, and artistic careers evolve. “The 2014 fellows underscore the remarkable diversity that New Americans represent. They include future leaders in science, medicine, music, documentary film, law, and politics.”

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows were selected in a national competition that attracted over 1,200 applications. Selection criteria focus on accomplishments that show creativity, originality, and initiative in light of the challenges and opportunities that have been part of the applicant’s immigration story. 

The program is open to college seniors, students in the early stages of their graduate career, and those in the workforce who are seeking graduate training.