Winner

2014 - 2015

Rishi Ahuja : Mitchell Scholarship

Rishi Ahuja is from San Jose, California and is a double major at UC Berkeley studying Economics and Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. Rishi seeks to identify improvements in U.S. financial policy, design a more efficient and equitable system, and create the partnerships necessary to implement his changes. During his internship with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Rishi examined the compliance of banks with consumer protection laws, and reached out to stakeholders in underserved communities. He is a four-time winner of the Cal Alumni Leadership Award, the most prestigious merit-based award at UC Berkeley, and the winner of the Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholarship. As Student Advocate in the Berkeley Student Government, Rishi led an office of 30 caseworkers to provide direct representation to over 100 students that had disputes with the university. He also served as a loan officer for Berkeley Microfinance, where he approved loans at zero interest for local small business owners. Aspiring to a role in developing financial regulatory policy in the US, Rishi will study Economics at Trinity College Dublin.