Amrita Bhattacharjee

Award Category: 
Youth Scholarships Award
Recipient Year: 
2013

Amrita’s passion for medicine started at a young age when she went to a clinic with her father, who worked in an NGO setting in Bangladesh. At an early age she learned about independence, leadership qualities and how to be a team player as she conducted her studies in boarding schools. Amrita’s family immigrated to Canada in 2009. In high school she discovered her other passion when she joined the City of Calgary as a recreation leader, working with young children and at-risk youth. To combine her two passions she is currently pursuing a bachelor of health sciences degree in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, her goal being pediatrics. Amrita has volunteered in a hospital setting for two summers, working with patients and conducting research. In 2012, Amrita spent a month volunteering at a village in northern Thailand, where she taught English to people from various hill tribes in the region. She also took the opportunity to travel extensively through northern Thailand and South Korea. Amrita is currently in the last semester of her bachelor’s degree and hopes to attend medical school in the upcoming academic year. She continues to volunteer at the Children’s Cottage Society and the Students’ Union Wellness Centre and is the co-president of the Health Sciences Students’ Association at the University of Calgary.