Hockaday. Photo by Danny Fulgencio.

A Hockaday School alumna who currently attends Carnegie Mellon University has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2022.

Tanvi Jakkampudi graduated from Hockaday in 2018 and will graduate in May from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in physics with a concentration in biophysics and a minor in biomedical engineering.

As a Fulbright scholar, Jakkampudi will head to Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany, where she’ll continue her biophysics research. Afterward, she plans to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. in immunology, she told The Hockaday School.

Tanvi Jakkampudi. Photo courtesy of The Hockaday School via Facebook.

The Fulbright Program is an exchange program sponsored by the United States government and has been fostering mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries since it was established in 1946. It provides awards to about 8,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals each year from the U.S. and 160 other countries. Award recipients are selected through academic achievement and a merit-based process.

It was created after World War II through legislation introduced by Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. It was passed by Congress and signed into law by then-President Harry Truman. More than 400,000 people have been named Fulbright Scholars since the program’s creation, among them 75 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners and 40 former or current heads of state.

Other Hockaday alumnae who have won this scholarship include Kenya Roy (class of 2015), Katherine Dau (class of 2015) and Kate Cooper (class of 2016).

This comes months after Hockaday announced two other graduates from the class of 2018 — Elizabeth Guo and Mary Orsak — were named Rhodes Scholars.


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