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ABOUT

Tamils from South Asian region (Tamilnadu, Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore etc) have immigrated to US starting from mid 19 th century. Tamils have contributed to the growth of US and in turn have grown as a community. Based on the data collected in 2010 census, there are about 130,000 Tamils living in US. Numerous Tamil professionals have not only contributed but excelled in their field. Even though there have been Tamil luminaries in various fields, there had not been a platform or forum for Tamil youth to learn from and interact with these luminaries. This thought was what drove Melissa Keerthika Subramanian and Soundara Lakshmanan to come up with the idea of Tamil American Pioneer Award. They brought this idea to FeTNA Board and the Board approved the same.

Following this, starting in 2014 FeTNA convention in St. Louis, Tamil American Pioneer Awards have been awarded to people who are passionate trailblazers in their careers, who are paving the way for the next generation.

AWARD WINNERS

  • Dr. Sundaresan Sambandam - Dr. Sundaresan Sambandam : Category: Medicine Dr. Sundaresan Sambandam is an Oncologist/ Hematologist in Cranston, Rhode Island and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Kent County Memorial Hospital and Miriam Hospital. He received his medical degree from Thanjavur Medical College and has been in practice for more than 47 years. He has...
  • Mr. Kavi Alexander - Mr. Kavi Alexander : Category: Audio Engineering Kavichandran Alexander is an audio engineer and record producer. He is a Sri Lankan Tamil. In 1984, he started the Water Lily Acoustics record label based in Santa Barbara, California.Recordings released by Water Lily Acoustics have been nominated twice for Grammy Awards. Alexander was the producer and engineer...
  • Ms. Gouzia Sivarajah - Ms. Gouzia Sivarajah : Category: Youth Entrepreneurship Gouzia Sivarajah is the Founder and CEO of SIINNO. She was a Freshmen at Heritage High School when the company was created. Gouzia participated in BPA where she won 1st place at state level and went to nationals for entrepreneurship. She also participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy...