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Atherton's Sarah Mummah named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Sarah Mummah, 23, of Atherton is one of 40 Americans selected for scholarships by the Gates Cambridge Trust.

The scholarships enable students from outside the United Kingdom to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

Ms. Mummah, a 2010 Stanford graduate, will pursue a master's degree in public health at Cambridge. She plans to conduct research into health behavior changes through Cambridge's recently established Behaviour and Health Research Unit.

She is executive director of DreamCatchers, a nonprofit she founded in 2008 as a Stanford undergraduate. DreamCatchers aims to build an after-school model for improving the health and education of low-income middle school students.

DreamCatchers' academic program provides students with tutoring, mentorship and study-skills coaching. Its health behaviors program provides healthful snacks, nutrition education, and family cooking classes.

At Stanford, she earned a bachelor's degree with honors in human biology, with a self-designed concentration on addressing inequities in health and education through social interventions.

The Gates Scholarship program, established in 2000, was funded by a $210 million donation by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More than 1,000 Gates Scholars have received scholarships since


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