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ROMS alumnus Enrique Toloza receives a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

ROMS alumnus Enrique Toloza (BA ‘17), a Physics and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures double major, as well as a former recipient of the Sterling A. Stoudemire Award for Excellence in Spanish, has received a prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to work towards a graduate degree in Medicine and Physics at Harvard and MIT, specializing in the biophysics of the brain.

Enrique was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of immigrants from Colombia and the Philippines. Throughout his life, he has combined a deep scientific curiosity with passions for sci-fi literature, music, and Spanish. At UNC, he combined his interests not only by studying for a double major but also by working to expand healthcare access to immigrant populations, leading the interpreting team at UNC-Chapel Hill’s student-run health clinic. At Harvard Medical School, he has continued to work with Spanish-speaking patients, this time as a student clinician.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a merit-based graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants, will be supporting 30 students chosen from a pool of 2,445 applicants for the 2021-2023 academic years. The award provides up to $90,000 in funding to each awardee to support their graduate studies.

Congratulations, Enrique!

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