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Living History: A Lesson From Dachau

Published 11/22/2023 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Francis Poon | 11/22/2023

July 20, 2023. I’m an hour north of Munich, Germany, on a bus heading uphill and passing unassuming residential neighborhoods with manicured landscaping. When we stop, I follow the crowd along a serene, tree-lined path that eventually leads to a massive open field. Albeit the many clouds in the sky, the sun occasionally peaks through. The air is fresh and crisp... a perfect day for a stroll. But I'm not at a park.


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A Brief History of Migration in Peru

Published 11/22/2023 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Sarah Deonarain | 11/22/2023

Being passionate about migration, my recent trip to Peru was not only full of stunning scenery but also rich in migration history. Cusco was the capital city of the Incan empire, the largest ancient civilization in pre-Columbian America, which flourished from approximately 1200 to 1533 AD, and that is evident in its architecture and geography.


Volunteer Event with Heal the Bay Fall 2023 Group Pic 002

Milken Scholars’ Lifelong Spirit of Service

Published 11/13/2023 in Alumni Features, Program Updates
Written 11/13/2023

"I believe it is important to volunteer one's time, knowledge, and resources to give back to one's community and to causes greater than oneself. Volunteerism is the recognition that we are all privileged in our own ways and that we always have the capacity to lend a helping hand to causes and individuals in need." -Oliver Sitt, MS ‘11



Milken Scholars Alumni Fund: By Alumni for Alumni

Published 10/02/2023 in Alumni Features, Program Updates
Written 10/02/2023

Well, another summer has ended all too quickly, and a new school year is rapidly kicking off. Around this time of year, it’s difficult not to remember the nervousness of learning new professors’ names, the excitement for the opportunity to get a new folder or two, and the dread of having to wake up bright and early.


2 Lena Jones MS20 2 Red rock in Salta Argentina on the Road to Cafayate.

Milken Scholars Leveraging 2023 Summer Opportunities

Published 09/08/2023 in Program Updates
Written 09/08/2023

Internships allow students to gain hands-on experience, find mentors, and learn more about the careers they would like to dive into after college. This summer, three Scholars broadened their horizons as they learned what it takes to study international public health, develop energy solutions, and manage a business.



Debating Health and Human Rights Policy in Seoul

Published 09/06/2023 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Mayowa Jolayemi | 09/06/2023

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Seoul, South Korea, for a Model Congress conference. I was responsible for chairing a mock United Nations committee, the UN Security Council, as we discussed the human rights crisis in Mozambique and how the international community can better improve health outcomes for individuals in times of crisis. I had chaired committees in our Asia-based conference before, but this was the first time I did it in person following the pandemic, and it truly changed my view of mock political conferences and political education internationally.


at Nara Deer Park in Japan

The Beauty of Culturally Colorful Communities

Published 08/28/2023 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Justin Yeh | 08/28/2023

Upon graduating from Harvey Mudd College in May 2023, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and travel abroad to Japan and Taiwan. As I embarked on my two-month-long journey to explore these captivating countries, I was driven by a profound desire to broaden my horizons and embrace diverse cultures.


Linda Chan

Jamaica Through Queer Perspectives

Published 08/23/2023 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Linda Chan | 08/23/2023

Time Magazine named Jamaica as the most homophobic country in 2006 (Jackson, 2015). The discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in Jamaica is not limited to public humiliation, but often ends with physical violence, emotional trauma, and even death. My main role on this project was to transcribe our interview notes, thematically code key words, and help my teammates develop a literature review that can be shared publicly, but I was fortunate enough to also sit in on an interview where I learned of the trauma many queer Jamaicans face, stemming from systemic factors such as racism and classism, but also religion.



The Power of Storytelling

Published 08/23/2023 in Scholar Travel Stipend
Written by Daniella Gonzalez | 08/23/2023

One of my favorite things about having the Milken Scholarship is the friendships that I have made with my cohort. A group of incredibly talented individuals who are fighting to make the world better in their own way. We all believe in the Foundation’s mission to “discover and advance inventive, effective ways of helping people help themselves”. We do this in our daily lives by creating mental health companies, advocating for health justice and environmental justice, and many other ways that help shape a better tomorrow.