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Stanford Report, April 17, 2002

Student, two recent alumni win prestigious Soros fellowships

Alex-Handrah Aime, a graduate student pursuing dual degrees in law and business, is among this year's 30 Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellows.

Those winning the prestigious fellowships receive an annual $20,000 stipend plus half-tuition for as many as two years of graduate study at any institution of higher learning in the United States. Applications are made by naturalized citizens, resident aliens or the children of naturalized citizens.

Aime, 25, was born in Haiti, moved to Brooklyn at age 7 and received an undergraduate degree from Harvard before coming to Stanford. Aime spent a year in South Africa with Mercer Consulting, where she saw firsthand the tensions between the promise of foreign investment and the more immediate realities of increased unemployment. The experience set her toward a career in international economic development.

Two other Soros fellows this year are recent Stanford graduates. Cecilia Balli, 25, is a second-year doctoral student in anthropology at Rice University who graduated from Stanford in 1998 with a degree in American studies and Spanish. She was born in the United States to parents from Mexico and is pursuing a career combining writing and social analysis. She has worked as a staff writer for the San Antonio Express-News and is now a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly magazine.

Irene Linetskaya, 24, was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and came with her grandparents as a Jewish refugee to the United States when she was 12. She graduated in 2001 from Stanford with a major in human biology and led the Alternative Spring Break program. She was awarded Stanford's Haas Public Service Fellowship and is now in her first year at Harvard Medical School.

Alex-Handrah Aime