The Red Thread Foundation for Women is proud to announce our award recipients for the 2018-2019 academic year! Our winners are chosen from a pool of highly accomplished applicants based on written essays explaining the impact of their international background, academic and career goals, and recommendations. Our award winners are truly impressive, demonstrating academic excellence, community leadership, a desire to excel, and a commitment to improve the world around them.

Saran was born and raised in Conakry Guinea, and came to the United States in 2008. “After coming to the United State my family struggled financially, and I knew that education would be my most important tool to succeed,” she says. Saran is passionate about Global Health Issues, and has used opportunities like Model United Nations to raise awareness about mental health and female genital mutilation in developing countries. This fall, Sarah will attend Princeton University, with the goal of concentrating in Neuroscience, with certificates in Cognitive Sciences and Global Health and Health Policy.

Bao will be attend the University of Virginia as a first generation this upcoming fall. She is an immigrant from Vietnam, who moved to America at the age of 5. At the age of 16, she joined the fire department and became an Emergency Medical Technician. From providing aid to patients to looking out for one another to learning from different perspectives and most importantly, to not to make assumptions. “There are so many people suffering from all over the world that we sometime overlook simply because we’re better off than most,” she says. Over the next couple of years, Bao will be studying biomedical engineering in hope of creating medicine in the future and fulling her dreams of helping those living without treatment.


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