PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

Introducing the Robert S. Michaels Scholarship recipients of 2017


Adriana Hardwicke

Adriana Hardwicke

Adriana Hardwicke

2017 Recipient

Adriana is a fourth-year International Development Studies major. She is the current Co-Executive Director of Bruin Partners, an organization that provides tutoring and mentoring service to middle school and high school students in Los Angeles. Additionally, she serves as the Commissioner for the Community Service Commission (CSC), one of the fourteen undergraduate student government offices that currently stands as the largest student-run, student-initiated service organization in the nation. Adriana is passionate about issues in education and hopes to continue to work towards achieving equity for all students in our education system.

Savannah Gardner

Savannah Gardner

Savannah Gardner

2017 Recipient

Savannah is a fourth-year Bruin, double-majoring in Environmental Science and Political Science. After serving on the staff for the Community Service Commission (CSC) for two years, she is now the Assistant Commissioner of CSC to ensure students doing service in the LA community have as many resources as possible. In her four years, Savannah has been involved in Swipe Out Hunger, Alternative Breaks at UCLA, Bruin Shelter, and more projects to address the needs of systematically marginalized Angelenos. She was also a Global Food Initiative Fellow for two years under the UC Office of the President to address student food insecurity on UCLA’s campus. She has been on multiple student advisory boards, including the Center for Community Learning, 580 Cafe, UCLA Basic Needs Work Group, and the UCLA Volunteer Center, to ensure that student voices are heard. In the future, Savannah hopes to be an ally in the Environmental Justice movement. When she's not working, you can find her at the Long Beach Aquarium petting fish!

Leane Nasrallah

Leane Nasrallah

Leane Nasrallah

2017 Recipient

Leane is a fourth-year Biology major and Public Health minor. She currently serves as the Finance Coordinator for the Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA, a non-profit organization that aims to bring quality, respectful care to the homeless population in Los Angeles County through the amalgamation of medical and social services at a weekly street-side clinic in Hollywood. Additionally, she serves as the Internal Vice-President for T.E.A.C.H. where she focuses on health education and mentorship for elementary school youth in Venice. If not in Hollywood or Venice, you can find Leane at the beach and on an adventure to try new foods.

Bapuchandra Kotapati

Bapuchandra Kotapati

Bapuchandra Kotapati

2017 Recipient

Bapuchandra is a fourth-year Economics and Public Policy student at UCLA. His service projects and advocacy–primarily driven by the need to address the affordable housing crisis and urban inequality in Los Angeles–have shaped his substantive interests and informed his research. His senior thesis examines whether the enactment of Source of Income anti-discrimination laws can enhance the efficacy of the housing voucher program by raising voucher utilization rates. Through his research at the intersection of economics, policy, and law, Bapu aims to advance evidence-based, actionable policy recommendations to promote economic mobility among low-income families. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Undergraduate Law Journal and as the External President of the United Nations Association. This fall, he will be working at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC on projects targeted at advancing the equity prospects of low-income and poor Americans.

Emily Kohlheim

Emily Kohlheim

Emily Kohlheim

2017 Recipient

Emily is a fourth year Political Science and Arabic double major with a Study of Religion minor. She is currently one of the co-executive directors of Project Working for Immigrant Literacy Development (WILD), which provides free tutoring and mentorship services to elementary-school students from immigrant backgrounds. She is also the chair of the Community Service Mini Fund, which allocates funds to student-led community service groups that provide education and health services to underserved communities. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in public interest law.

Kevin Vuong Tran

Kevin Tran

Kevin Tran

2017 Recipient

Kevin is a fourth-year Business Economics Major and Entrepreneurship Minor. In hopes to go into the field of marketing after college, his involvement in service has stemmed from his passion in marketing and publicity. In the past, he’s served in several publicity committees for the Community Service Commission and the Vietnamese Student Union’s programming events, including the Vietnamese Culture Night and Southeast Asian Admit Weekend. His passion in service directed him to learn more about food insecurity in the LA community as he participated in Alternative Breaks. As Kevin transformed from a general volunteer to an active citizen, his biggest takeaway from service is to process and reflect upon the causes and effects of social issues, and what possible solutions we can present to address them. Now as a Volunteer Center fellow, Kevin hopes implement this mindset to new volunteers to understand the bigger picture of service.

Ann Wonjee Kim

Ann Kim

Ann Kim

2017 Recipient

Ann is a fourth-year Political Science major with a concentration in International Relations. She was a member of JusticeCorps, which provides self-represented litigants in family law legal information as well as assistance with forms. She has worked as a co-finance director and mentor with WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other), an organization that seeks to empower middle-school girls regarding issues such as personal identity and healthy relationships. Ann has also previously worked as an advocate for CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), a member of LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), and a tutor at 826LA. She is passionate about women’s rights and education, and intends to pursue a career in the legal field related to refugee protections or the anti-trafficking movement.

Dinan Guan

Dinan Guan

Dinan Guan

2017 Recipient

Dinan is a 4th year Political Science major with a minor in Civic Engagement and Public Affairs. She is currently the Elementary Education Director for Amigos de UCLA, as well as a volunteer for UCLA UniCamp. Both organizations are dedicated to serving under resourced youth in the Los Angeles area, providing mentorship and exposure to higher education to children of all backgrounds. Dinan is also a member of PATH's (People Assisting the Homeless) Junior Advisory Board and was previously a legislative intern at the Capitol this past summer. When she is not studying, working, or volunteering, Dinan loves going to concerts and baking.

Kiana Caley Nguyen

Kiana Nguyen

Kiana Nguyen

2017 Recipient

Kiana is a fourth-year Biology major and is currently serving as President of Vietnamese Community Health, a CSC service organization that aims to address healthcare disparities in Orange County by offering free health fairs, health sites, and educational resources. Kiana also volunteers in Los Angeles through the Iris-Cantor Women’s Health Education and Resource Center at UCLA, Women’s Health Coalition, and Project Literacy, another CSC project that promotes literacy in disadvantaged communities through its one-on-one mentorship program. Additionally, Kiana conducts research at the David Geffen School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology, where she studies breast cancer. Together, these experiences have shaped her into a passionate advocate for the health of women and immigrant communities. However, in her free time, you can find her at the beach or trying new food around Los Angeles (especially ice cream).

Maya Laxmi Ram

Maya Ram

Maya Ram

2017 Recipient

Maya is a fourth-year World Arts and Cultures Major and Public Health Minor. Maya has truly enjoyed her service experiences at UCLA, especially her involvement with Alternative Breaks. Through this program, she has spent two spring breaks in San Francisco expanding her perspective on the social determinants of health and healthcare access in marginalized and minoritized communities. She is currently the Co-Director for Alternative Breaks, and she is excited for the service-learning and social justice experiences the organization is creating this year. She has applied her learning from Alternative Breaks to a sexual health education program in LAUSD called Sex Squad, which engages high school students in art-making and storytelling surrounding topics of reproductive justice. Maya also serves as a GRIT Peer Coach through the Bruin Resource Center, which has fostered her passion for promoting self-care, mindful living, and wellbeing within the UCLA community. In the future, Maya hopes to continue learning from personal narratives in order to foster healing, empathy, and justice in her communities.