The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Samvid Scholars

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Description

A scholarship for future leaders and changemakers, Samvid Scholars was established in 2021 by Samvid Ventures to invest in the graduate education of future leaders who are committed to effecting positive change in society.

  • Samvid Scholars will empower future leaders and changemakers by providing financial support for graduate study as well as leadership training
  • Scholars receive up to $50K for tuition and fees each year for two years of study in a graduate program
  • Scholars will receive two years of leadership development programming to support them to continue to fulfill their extraordinary potential. All Scholars will have access to robust ongoing programming and will be part of an alumni community of mentorship, collaboration, and lifelong relationship

Eligibility

An eligible candidate will:

  • Pursue a full-time graduate program of two years or longer at a university in the United States, in one of the following eligible programs:
    • MD
    • MBA
    • JD
    • MPP
    • MPH
    • EdD
    • MS/MA in the social sciences or STEM
  • Be a first-year graduate student for the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen or DACA recipient
  • Maintain academic good standing in order to remain eligible for the second year of the scholarship

Selection Criteria

A selection committee will evaluate candidates based on:

  • Academic excellence: You have an excellent academic record, reflecting your critical thinking ability, your drive, and your interest in your academic field
  • Leadership: You have an outstanding track record of leading people and projects that deliver results. You have a leader’s mindset; you are optimistic and self-reliant but open to, and interested in, diverse perspectives and approaches
  • Service focus: You are committed to driving change for society through your leadership; you are focused on the impact of your achievements principally on others
  • Bias towards action: You not only think about big questions with nuance and clarity but also, and critically, act to address them
  • Grit: You have demonstrated leadership over the long term on the issues, which matter to you, even despite setbacks

Application Procedure

Apply online through the Samvid Scholars website. Finalists will be contacted for a virtual interview with the selection committee. The application opens in early spring, and the deadline is in the late summer or fall.