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Student earns accolades from USA Today

Ravi Gupta, a Binghamton University double major in science and public policy and philosophy from Staten Island, N.Y., has been recognized with an honorable mention in the prestigious USA Today Academic All-Star competition. The program honors undergraduates as representatives of all outstanding students at the nation’s colleges and universities. Judges look for those who excel not only in scholarship, but also in leadership roles on and off campus.

In 2004, Gupta’s leadership was rewarded when he received a $26,000 scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. One of only 77 winners selected from among 609 candidates, he was chosen on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of "making a difference."

Gupta has taught English and science to children in Ghana while raising money to build a school there. He founded Binghamton Students for Students International, a Student Association-chartered group that raises awareness and funds for students in third-world countries; and Atuu International, a New York state registered charity, that raises scholarship funds for students in Ghana.

Gupta has also served as a teaching assistant, as captain of the debate team, a volunteer for Red Cross blood drives and a tutor through the Center for Academic Excellence, donating all his wages to Atuu International.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08