Samya Stumo was an emerging leader in global health. As described by her family, “Samya was passionate about revolutionizing global health, especially reducing inequalities and fostering empowerment for women and girls. 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 potential, 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. Samya’s family and ThinkWell Institute colleagues created the Samya Rose Stumo Fellowship for Global Health in her memory to provide professional growth opportunities for exceptionally talented young women who want to make improvements in health systems. This fellowship will serve as an avenue for young female entrepreneurs to launch their ideas in global health.With your help, we can further Samya’s efforts to make healthcare more human-centric and help visionary young women affect long-lasting changes in global health.

Fellowship Initiative

The advancement of women leaders in the health sector is essential to achieving the global health impact needed to sustain ourplanet. This fellowship aims to accelerate early-career women on their pathway to leadership, entrepreneurship, and influence.The Samya Rose Stumo Fellowship for Global Health will invest in exceptional young women change-makers who have inventive ideas that look to revolutionize global health. The fellowship is designed to give young women the exposure, tools,funding, and mentorship needed to advance their ideas, influence, and careers.Initially, the fellowship will accept promising women applicants from Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Philippines.

Join Us In Support

To honor the 50 years of global health impact Samya would have had, we have a goal to raise $20 million in funds to create the next generation of influential female leaders in global health. We ask that you help us reach this goal and bring Samya’s efforts to life.

Your support will enable us to:

  • Support 500 women from around the world over the next 50 years
  • Expand the fellowship across Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Build partnerships to expand fellowship offerings
  • Hire world renowned professional coaches and mentors for fellows
  • Provide seed funding to incubate/ launch entrepreneurial ideas of fellows
  • Provide annual stipend to support fellows

Click here to donate now.

Donations are tax deductible.

Please reach out to Meera Chakravarthy ( you have any questions or would like to learn more about the fellowship.