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Scholar Stories

Brown Scholars

Impactful Moments with Milken Mentors and Mentees

Published 03/04/2024 in Program Updates
Written by Reyes, Natalie | 03/04/2024

“Our relationship has transcended the circumstance that has brought us together — that being mentorship. The joy and humor that has come about from these experiences has really served to cement a permanent relationship between myself and Hannah, and has proven that we are indeed intertwined for the rest of the time we are on campus and in life,” said Ayan Rahman, MS ’20.


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The Integrated Holistic Community Development: Model Case Studies in Kenya and Ethiopia

Published 02/26/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Alma Zepeda | 02/26/2024

On December 10th I boarded a plane with a group of 19 other UCLA Anderson School of Management classmates working on an international social impact consulting project. We were spending our winter break in Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia documenting the work of two highly effective non-profits community-based organizations, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) and Project Mercy.



Bridging Health Divides

Published 02/26/2024 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Elizabeth Abatan | 02/26/2024

During my time in London, I had the opportunity to explore the city, its healthcare systems, and history. Through this journey of gaining a diplomatic perspective, I created partnerships and collaborated with others to determine what healthcare looked like in the UK and how it differed from the US.


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Food, Mental Health, Identity, and Community Building in Italy

Published 12/08/2023 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Zoe Hsu | 12/08/2023

Despite increasing destigmatization surrounding mental health, many people in the United States still suffer from various mental illnesses. Poor mental health in America is especially exacerbated by its individualistic lifestyle in which people are expected to look after themselves and work to make a living, without taking proper time to appreciate and enjoy the present moment or build community amongst one another.


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Campus Visits Foster Community Across the Country

Published 12/08/2023 in Program Updates
Written by Reyes, Natalie | 12/08/2023

One of the defining characteristics within the Milken Scholars Family is its strong community. From the moment Scholars are welcomed into the Program, they are encouraged to maintain close communication with their peers and staff. Campus Visits play a key role in fostering this close-knit culture as they allow Scholars to receive in-person check-ins from staff twice a year.