Anya W.

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Anya W.


Emory University


Anthropology and Global Health

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Anya was only three when her family emigrated from the former Soviet Union. Forced to flee from the Nagorno-Karabakh War, her family was able to find sponsorship through the Greensboro Jewish Federation.

Though on food stamps for most of her childhood, her family was able to build a life in the U.S. Her grandmother nannied. Her grandfather worked odd jobs. Thanks to JELF, Anya’s mother was able to go back to school for an M.S. in public health and a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Anya decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps. With the help of JELF, as well as her family, federal loans and work/study, she graduated from Emory University’s Anthropology and Global Health program.

Following undergrad, JELF also helped Anya pay for Wake Forest Medical School. Today, Anya is working toward her dream as a resident of Stanford’s Emergency Medicine program.

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