For the prestigious White House fellow programmes , three Indian-origin youngsters have been named. The programme offers first hand experience for working at the highest levels of USA federal government. Presidents commission on White House Fellowships would evaluate the finalists, who were selected through a highly competitive selection procedure,
- Payal Patel, Luxme Hariharan and Anil Yallapragada have been shortlisted for White house Fellows programmes.
- The programme was founded in 1964 by the President Lindon B Johnson.
- Programme gives first hand experience on working at the highest levels of federal government.
Luxme Hariharan— She is a paediatric cataract, glaucoma, cornea and international health fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, University of Southern California Eye Institute.
Payal Patel— Is an infectious diseases fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, Houston.
Anil Yallapragada— is a medical director, South Carolina Stroke Institute,, Grand Strand Medical Centre .
There are over 700 White House Fellow Alumni ,Some of the famous alumni’s are
- Former Secretary of State– Colin Powell,
- Former Secretary of Labor– Ealaine Chao,
- Forrmer Secretary of Housing and Urban Development- Henry Cisneros,
- CNN Chief Medical Correspondent– Dr Sanjay Gupta
- Pulitzer Prize- winning author and historian– Doris Kearns Goodwin
About White House Fellows
- This programme was founded in 1964 by President Lindon B Johnson.
- Its very highly competitive programme where 1000 applicants compete for 11 to 19 fellowships.
- Though fellows come from all parts of USA, majority are from north eastern part of US.
- The students come from different backgrounds with a basic graduate degree.
- White males form the majority followed by black males with average age of fellow being 32 years.