© 2022 Amanda Balkhi
In my role as the Executive Director of the Balkhi Foundation, I have the distinct privilege of working with some of this generation's most talented students. With the support of educators and families, it is my goal to bring strong opportunities for educational growth within reach of the students that are striving for success. It is my hope to use the lessons learned in academia to partner with schools, students, and members of the community to build a culture of mentorship and collaboration that facilitates student success for years to come.
Education is a great equalizer - and I truly believe that with access to a quality education, a person's life can be dramatically changed. Unfortunately, sometimes students with the most potential are the ones left isolated because of a lack of opportunities.
I am proud to say that education and education access is on in the forefront of my mind. In partnership with outstanding organizations and through the Balkhi Foundation I hope to be able to facilitate more talented students receiving the education they deserve.
Many organizations focus on following a model that emphasizes what has always been done - rather than how things should be done.
Since the founding of the Balkhi Foundation I have built an organization that strives to do the right thing for our Scholars and every student that applies for our awards. This has a led to an application process that values a student's time with limited demands on outside resources and a selection process that follows best practices for blinded review.
A strong mentor is at the heart of today's successes and tomorrow's leaders. I benefited from the outstanding mentorship of others throughout my education and am honored to have published a model of mentorship within clinical training.
At the Balkhi Foundation, we are engaging in organizational mentorship - by sharing our model of scholarship evaluation and helping other organizations to reevaluate long held funding practices. We also strive to connect our scholars with past cohorts to build a community of peer mentorship.