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“As the children would decorate their piggy banks, we’d start a conversation about trying to save for the future,” she says

Amrutaa Chinnasamy

Junior finance major Amrutaa Chinnasamy wants to use her studies to improve lives. She has already started. 

In recognition of her own good fortune, Chinnasamy volunteered at the Gathering Place, a drop-in center for women and children who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. There, she helped children paint piggy banks. 

“As the children would decorate their piggy banks, we’d start a conversation about trying to save for the future,” she says. 

Chinnasamy studies at DU courtesy of the Brandenborg Endowed Scholarship and the Taylor Endowed Scholarship from the Daniels College of Business. 

“These scholarships provided me with strong financial standing. They’ve definitely helped me in that I can pay it forward more quickly in my career,” she says. 

Chinnasamy is a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society and a gold member of DU’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international organization that recognizes scholastic excellence in accounting, finance and information technology. She plans to continue her studies at DU through a dual-degree program, where she’s on track to earn an MBA.

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