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An estate gift to the University of Georgia Foundation has the potential to impact many lives in very positive ways, and if one needs evidence in support of this assertion, look no further than Trisha Dalapati.
Trisha is one of America's elite students, having earned UGA's most prestigious scholarship, the Foundation Fellowship.
The Foundation Fellows Program, one of the nation's premier scholarship initiatives, is a shining example of how an estate gift has provided tremendous benefits for the university and some of America's best and brightest students for more than four decades. Founded in 1972 by University of Georgia Foundation trustees, and boosted significantly by an estate gift from the late Bernard Ramsey, the Foundation Fellows Program is positioned to continue providing such benefits in perpetuity.
Trisha is on track to graduate in 2019. She is a biochemistry/molecular biology and anthropology double major who aspires to be one of many students that emerge from the program with an eye toward bettering the world.
"I have always envisioned myself being a physician, but I also have high interest in research and more recently I have started to consider more ways in which I might tie research into being a physician," she stated.
"Some of the activities I'm involved with at UGA have also made me curious about policy issues. So, I'm not entirely certain where this is all going to take me over the next few years. But I'm really happy that through the Fellowship and, in general, at UGA I have the flexibility to explore and keep learning. By studying both the sciences and the humanities, I hope I'll be prepared to serve our interconnected world," Trisha added.
She hails from Roswell, Georgia and comes from a home where high academic standards are the rule. Her brother graduated from Georgia Tech, but there has never been a sibling rivalry. After hearing how Trisha fell in love with UGA on her first visit to campus and knowing the major courses of study she planned to pursue, he advised her that UGA was the best choice even though she had also been accepted at Georgia Tech and had been offered one of the institute's premier scholarships.
"It was definitely good advice," she said.
UGA's extensive travel-study opportunities were a significant draw as well.
"My parents immigrated to the United States about 30 years ago, and we travel a lot to India as a family. Those are my favorite times," she said. "The university's emphasis on both international and domestic travel as educational experiences was very exciting to me. I think it also led my parents to believe that UGA was the best fit.
"I am so grateful to the donors who have made it possible for me to attend the University of Georgia and that are making the travel-study options possible.
"I hope that those who contribute so generously to the university know that students have goals that may seem out of reach, but donors make a tremendous difference in helping us achieve more than we could have ever dreamed of," she added.
No doubt, Trisha is going to make great contributions to society that will make all of Dawg Nation proud, and we are honored that she has chosen UGA as her first stop in higher education.
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