Rashmi Kumar Wins Prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award, she is one of only 100 scholars within the U.S. and Canada to receive this award.
Rashmi Kumar, an MD/PhD student at UNC School of Medicine, is one of 100 doctoral students within the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a prestigious $20,000 P.E.O. Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was nominated by P.E.O. Chapter X of North Carolina.
Rashmi completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the recipient of a full-tuition merit scholarship, among many other honors. Her Ph.D. research focused on DNA damage repair in breast cancer within the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a 4th year medical student applying to general surgery residency programs and is an aspiring surgical-oncologist.
The P.E.O. Scholar Awards program, established in 1991, provides substantial merit-based awards for women of the U.S. and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university.
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) has been celebrating women helping women reach for the stars for more than 150 years. Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 116,000 women pursue educational goals by providing over $383 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than a half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them. In addition to the educational philanthropies, the P.E.O. Sisterhood provides a framework of support and community for all members.