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Skokie, IL Boy Amongst 7 Indian-Origin Kids Chosen as Knight Hennessy Scholars


Wasan Kumar: From Skokie, Illinois

SKOKIE, IL- Seven Indian-origin students are chosen amongst 2024 group of 90 new Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University. This number of Indians is the largest to date to be in this prestigious list. This comprises students from 30 countries who will pursue degrees in 45 graduate programs across all seven graduate schools at Stanford, according to a university release.

Indian-origin scholars are

Ank Agarwal: From New Haven, Connecticut, pursuing an MD and a PhD in cancer biology at the Stanford School of Medicine. His interest lies at the intersection of cancer research, dermatology, and health equity.

Wasan Kumar: From Skokie, Illinois, pursuing an MD/MBA at Stanford’s School of Medicine and Graduate School of Business. He is focused on improving healthcare quality and accessibility through innovative solutions.

Aneesh Pappu: Pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford’s School of Engineering. A Marshall Scholar with degrees from Stanford, University College London, and the University of Cambridge.

Isha Sanghvi: From Fremont, California she is pursuing an MD at Stanford’s School of Medicine with a focus on women’s health and trauma-informed care.

Kritika Singh: McLean, Virginia, native is pursuing an MD at Stanford’s School of Medicine. Has a background in bioengineering.

Krishna Pathak: From Carmel, Indiana, is a JD candidate at Stanford Law and brings White House National Security Council experience advising on foreign policy and technology.

Rahul Penumaka, from Hyderabad, India, is focusing on translational research and applied medicine at Stanford’s School of Medicine

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is a multidisciplinary, multicultural graduate fellowship program spanning all seven schools at Stanford University.

Knight-Hennessy scholars receive up to three years of financial support to pursue graduate studies at Stanford while engaging in experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address complex challenges facing the world. Scholars are selected based on their demonstration of independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset.


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