Sarika Ram
Bio: I graduated Upper Merion Area High School this year as Valedictorian, Student Council Treasurer, and Interact Service Club President. My interests and hobbies include writing, politics, dance, and tennis. I will be attending Boston University this Fall to pursue a Dual Degree in Journalism and Political Science as a part of the Kilachand Honors Program. I aspire to work as an investigative journalist or political analyst in the future. I am immensely grateful for this scholarship recognition that NAAAP has graciously given to me.

Lin Jia Chen

Bio: Lin Jia Chen is a graduate of Nazareth Academy High School, where she is the president of the Community Service Club and founder of the Cooking Club. She graduated with Distinguished Honors and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania this fall. As one of the first members of the family to attend college, Lin Jia is very grateful for the support from organizations such as NAAAP. Lin Jia intend on double majoring in Economics and Biological Basis of Behaviour. Although she is still uncertain about her future career path, Lin Jia knows that it is through her college education that she will be able to help more people in need.

Apoorva Sudini
Bio: An incoming freshman in Temple University’s 7 year BS/MD (combined bachelor’s in science/medical degree) program, class of 2024, Apoorva Sudini will be double majoring in public health and cellular & molecular neuroscience. Apoorva takes pride in her Indian culture, studying Kuchipudi, a form of Indian classical dance, learning Carnatic Music (Indian Classical Singing) and co-organizing local fundraisers and charity events that target rural education systems and champion female empowerment. In her free time, Apoorva co-hosts a student blog squaredayz where she writes about her passions for spirituality, her Indian heritage, and her discoveries during the college experience. In the future, she aims to work in pediatrics and advance the healthcare systems of underdeveloped nations.

Neary Narom
Bio: Neary Narom is a student who currently works as a Youth Apprentice/Lead at a grassroots organization called VietLead which aims to help aid the Vietnamese/Southeast-Asian community in mental, emotional, and physical aspects while also promoting social justice among broader communities of color. Aside from being involved in various extracurricular activities such as the National Honors Society, Red Cross Club, Concert Choir and Advanced Orchestra inside of school at Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), she has also worked outside of school to help plan and facilitate workshops for VietLead’s school year program in order to enrich youth leadership and advocacy among other high school students as well. Currently over the summer, she has also continued to work with VietLead through the summer program (SumOurRoots) as an intern in which she was able to strengthen her skills as a facilitator and lead supporter in helping other youths grow as critical thinkers who can learn to look at the world through a social justice lens as South/Southeast Asian students. In the fall, Neary will be attending the Community College of Philadelphia in which she will be studying liberal arts in order to lay a foundation for her studies in political science in the future.

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