Amritha Kanakamedala



“Receiving the Asian Women in Business Scholarship is a privilege and an honor. The AWIB scholarship will not only support my pursuit of a Rice University degree, but it will also allow me to pursue opportunities that encourage female leadership. I will use part of the $2,500 dollars I would have put towards my tuition to engage in leadership development conferences. I will also make a donation to Plan Padrino, an organization I have served that provides scholarships for impoverished Colombian students. Thank you AWIB, for advancing female leadership and supporting my efforts to promote female empowerment. 

- Amritha Kanakamedala, Class of 2016


Amritha Kanakamedala is a junior at Rice University, majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in Business. She has served her campus in multiple leadership roles, most recently as Student Association External Vice President. In this capacity, she has mentored many student leaders on campus, created several task forces to represent students on administrative committees, and passed campus-wide legislation, and is now implementing an initiative to develop a well-defined entrepreneurship program on campus. 

A recipient of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award, Amritha has demonstrated a commitment to not only serving others, but also inspiring others to serve. She traveled to Cusco, Peru alongside 14 other Rice students through UBELONG, an international service organization.  As a group leader, she and her team delivered a public health campaign, reaching out to 700 impoverished Peruvian students and providing over 250 public health lessons. She has also served underprivileged students in 2011 and 2012 in Ibagué, Colombia, focusing her efforts on leadership and empowerment. 
Amritha is a Rice/Baylor Medical Scholar and will matriculate at Baylor College of Medicine in 2016. She hopes to become on OB/GYN, providing care to women who are underserved. After completing her medical education and her Masters in Public Health, Amritha will serve regularly on international medical missions, repairing obstetric fistulas, delivering sexual health education campaigns, and focusing her efforts on maternal and child health. Through this service, both domestic and abroad, she hopes to promote gender egalitarian principles and work towards lessening sex-based health disparities. 




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