The Emory Alumni Board Leadership Scholarship, created in 2007 during Campaign Emory, recognizes students whose actions, beliefs, and passions have improved the community in the arts or sciences, in academic or extracurricular pursuits, or through mentorship, social outreach, or other avenues.
Uma Chidambaram 11OX 13C received the scholarship as an undergraduate while serving as an Emory Writing Center peer tutor and mentor for the Emory Pipeline Program. At Emory’s Oxford College, she served as the coordinator for Volunteer Oxford.
As an advocate for early childhood education through the AmeriCorps Jumpstart Program, Chidambaram has found her calling. She is making language and literacy development her main focus.
“I love that Emory pushes students to always question the status quo,” she says. “Social change comes when you start to get uncomfortable, when you learn how you can use your personal skills to contribute to change.”