The winners of the 2020 UNC Harvey Beech scholarships, which recognize academic GPA improvement, financial need and contributions to campus life, are juniors Dimple Mahadeshwar, Xavier Nonez and Sam Ndukwe.
The award is named for the late Harvey Beech, the first African-American student to graduate from UNC.
2020 Harvey Beech Scholarship Recipients
Dimple is a junior majoring in Statistics and Analytics and minoring in Social and Economic Justice and Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the 2020 Adams Apprenticeship and Dean’s List Recipient in Spring 2018 and Fall 2019. During her time at Carolina, she has been deeply involved in Carolina Women in Business, acting as a mentor for club members and serving as the Vice President of Finance. Her time on the executive board has been focused on increasing opportunities and resources for women at UNC interested in a business career by working to make the club more affordable for its members. She also serves on the board of Carolina Creates, where she has worked to help students overcome various barriers in order to encourage student creativity, innovation, and collaboration. As an Admissions Ambassador, she enjoys sharing her Carolina journey by giving tours and speaking with potential students in hopes of encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to join the Carolina family. She also loves to dance on UNC Chalkaa, UNC’s nationally-ranked competitive Bollywood fusion dance team.
She will be interning with Ernst & Young in the summer of 2020 as a Business Advisory Intern in their National Healthcare practice. Dimple hopes to leverage her experiences at Carolina to work towards her goal of making healthcare accessible and affordable in America. She is thankful to receive this award and hopes to continue Harvey Beech’s legacy to pursue equity and equal opportunity for all.
Samuel Ndukwe is a junior majoring in Health Policy and Management. He serves as a mentor for the Student National Medical Association Future Leaders in Health Program and as a leader for the Communiversity Youth Program. “I am passionate about mentorship because I would not be where I am today if it were not for my mentors pouring into me,” he says. He is also a student ambassador for the Gillings School and a Buckley Public Service Scholar. “As a Gillings ambassador, I have been able to enter spaces that lack diversity and demonstrate how exceptional people of color can perform.”
He has also studied health equity and disparities that burden families in underprivileged communities and applied this knowledge to medical trips in Honduras where he was able to help establish family clinics and assist doctors with treating families in rural areas. “Ultimately,” he says, “I hope to divert the trajectory of health trends burdening low-income and minority groups and redefine black male leadership in a way that enables black men to be unapologetically unique in every field.”