Johns Hopkins pre-med student earns coveted Luce Scholarship

Johns Hopkins senior Melaku Arega
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Senior Melaku Arega, a native of Ethiopia, plans to pursue HIV/AIDS work in Asia.

Melaku Arega’s education has already spanned three continents. Born and raised in Ethiopia, he’s now in his final semester at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, after studying abroad in England last year.

Next, he’ll add Asia to the list. Arega was selected this month as a Luce Scholar, winning the opportunity to live and work in an Asian city for a year.

The program, launched in 1974 by the Henry Luce Foundation, identifies potential future U.S. leaders to promote cross-cultural understanding between the two regions. Arega, a pre-med student at Johns Hopkins majoring in neuroscience and molecular and cellular biology, is one of 18 U.S. scholars to land the coveted fellowship.

Though his placement isn’t yet final, he expects to head to Thailand after he graduates in May, working on HIV/AIDS treatment in a research or hospital setting.

Read more at: The Hub -Johns Hopkins University

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