Great news today about Ashvin Swaminathan ‘ 13—he was just awarded a Soros Fellowship for for New Americans. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans honor the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, the program provides funding for graduate studies for 30 immigrants and children of immigrants “who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic field,” according to the website, which goes on to note each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years. Swaminathan is a senior at Harvard graduating in May with an AB in Math and an AM in Physics. In the fall of this year, he will be starting his graduate studies in the Princeton math department. Other awardees include a jazz trumpeter at Juilliard School, a printmaker at Yale and a philosophy major at Columbia. Swaminathan was valedictorian for his graduating class at Harker and earned a number of distinctions while still in high school, including being named a semi finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search (now the Regeneron Science Talent Search) and was a John Near Scholar Endowment recipient. Amazing work, Ashvin! Best wishes for a continued great career! Photo is from the 2013 Near-Mitra Endowment reception.