Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship


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 (ThinkWell) colleagues created the Samya 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 advancement of women leaders in the health sector is essential to achieving the global health impact needed to sustain our planet. This fellowship aims to accelerate early-career women on their pathway to leadership, entrepreneurship, and influence. The Samya Rose Stumo Memorial 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.


To honor the years of global health impact Samya would have had, we have an initial goal to raise $500,000 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

Samya was a visionary in her field and her career promised to ease suffering and save lives of people around the world. This fellowship is our chance to amplify Samya’s impact and ideals and with your help we can create it. Your contributions are tax deductible and will only go to fund the Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fellowship for Global Health. Please help us as we remember Samya and continue her legacy.

For more details on the Initiative, please click here 

To apply for fellowship click here 

More on the life and vision of Samya Rose: Samya Stumo Remembered as a Crusader for healthcare

If you prefer to make an offline donation, here is the information for submitting a check to ThinkWell:

Please make checks payable to ThinkWell Institute (memo line: Samya Initiative) and send to:

ThinkWell Institute
1875 Connecticut Ave NW
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Washington, DC 20009
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ThinkWell Institute 
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ThinkWell Institute 
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Michael Stumo 
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Tarek Milleron 
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