Samya Stumo was an emerging leader in global health. As described by her family, “Samya was passionate about revolutionizing global health, especially reducing obstacles for women. She cared most about treating all people and patients as human beings, particularly in the context of their culture, family, and individuality. Samya was infectiously vibrant, intensely curious, and lived her life to the fullest. She had leadership, compassion, and intellectual rigor.” Samya died tragically at age 24 in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 on March 10, 2019. Despite being an early career professional, Samya made a lasting impact within the global health realm. She was dedicated to achieving universal health coverage, including improving access and quality to those in greatest need.

Samya’s family and ThinkWell Institute colleagues created the Samya Rose Stumo Fellowship for Global Health in her memory to provide exceptional young women change-makers who exhibit inventive passion, an opportunity to help revolutionize global health.

The fellowship seeks to identify and nurture young women from across the globe to co-create transformative global health projects with ThinkWell. Selected fellows will be part of a 12-month inaugural cohort designed to bring their interests and ideas to life. Fellows will work with ThinkWell experts and have access to cutting- edge resources to co-create a project idea in health systems, health advocacy, health policy, or health entrepreneurship. Leading global health experts from ThinkWell will serve as a mentor to each fellow, directing them through the entrepreneurial process and providing critical feedback along the way.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the initiative, click here to learn more.