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Nikhil – CIRM Spark Award and Speech Champion

We at MiOra nonprofit foundation are all about recognizing, nurturing, and celebrating student excellence. Recently, one of our mentees, Nikhil C., an 11th grader at Granada Hills Charter High School in California, received the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Spark Award (CIRM; This qualifies him for a summer research program where he will participate in stem cell research. Through MiOra, Nikhil has gained access to mentorship and resources which have helped him to excel in his academic life. He offers special thanks to MiOra and his mentor Dr. Vaithi Arumugaswami at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CA for the guidance and the support. Furthermore, Nikhil has also recently attended the California High School Speech Association State Championships ( where he placed 8th out of 150 students all over the state. We are so proud of Nikhil for all of his great accomplishments and look forward to seeing him attain even greater heights in the future! You can follow Nikhil’s successes and donate for the development of students like Nikhil at!

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