Making a difference!!

The Ramit’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich Scholarship for Social Innovation results are out. I was eager to see the results (of course my name wasn’t there – I wasn’t expecting it to be.. and looking at the result, my application was completely dwarfed 🙂 ).. Before I go on with the winners, let me say that this scholarship was initiated by Ramit Sethi. It is an annual $2,500 award for anyone in their twenties who has demonstrated entrepreneurial excellence and is planning a socially innovative project. The award can be used for a special project, service initiative, founding a company, creating a community organization, or any other entrepreneurial venture that scales to help others.

The winners are:

Christina Maria DesVaux, 25, Montevideo, Uruguay. Founded The Curation Project, a web-based store that allows local merchants to sell their local goods sustainably and online.

Kjerstin Erickson, 25, Oakland, CA. Founder and Executive Director of Forge, an organization that provides economic and educational skills to African refugees living in refugee camps.

Robert Garey, 27, and Jennifer Hovee, 23, both of Seattle, Washington. Providing value-added micro-loans to former prostitutes in the Dominican Republic (via Esparanza International.

Garrett Gravesen, 28, Atlanta Georgia. Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Global L.E.A.D. Program, a non-profit that has worked with more than 1,000 volunteers to help children affected by HIV/AIDS. (See him on

Greg McGrath, 24, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Founder of EOS International, a not-for-profit company that focuses on empowering the poor with technology.

Stephanie Sud, 24, San Francisco, CA. Board member of Ashraya, a micro-charity in Northern India that provides grants and aid to over 3,000 girls and women.

Claire Adams Williams, 26, Argentina (currently reading at Oxford University, MBA 2009 Skoll Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship ). Co-founder of Hope Runs, an organization in East Africa that partners with AIDS orphanages to provide extracurricular programming for orphaned children.

I can see from the winners and their projects: selfless service, not money motivated, life improving, value adding, change agents, thinkers.

I am totally moved. Totally motivated to join a cause or do something that affects lives. Imagine 20 to 30 young people per country doing these sort of things continously for the next 5years…

Congratulations to the winners. It’s well deserved. Also a big thank you to Ramit Sethi for the opportunity and idea behind this. Man, your blog rocks!! Your tips are informative too.. Keep doing it!! 😉

I also stumbled upon a CNN blog for Young People Who Rock. Please bookmark this site and be inspired!!..

Love,Live,Give and Let Live!!


3 thoughts on “Making a difference!!

  1. Ochuko,

    I’m actually working with Ramit on a couple of projects at the moment, and I was wondering if you’d be interested? If you email me at I can give you more info.

    Thanks man,


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