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TLF 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient Mahita Tekumalla
Hi, My name is Mahita Tekumalla and I am currently a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where I'm pursuing a degree in digital marketing. I chose this path because I am very interested in the utilization of marketing tactics through social media and learning about the analytics and effects on consumers.

I first heard about TLF through my friend, Hannah Bae, who was a 2019 TLF scholar. After learning more about TLF and its strive for diversity and inclusion, I knew I had to be part of this community. TLF’s mission is very important to me because it opens doors and grants opportunities for marginalized students in business. I believe because of TLF and its opportunities, we can create more inclusive and welcoming workplaces. As a TLF Scholar, I am now able to network and build strong connections with other inspirational people in this industry that have similar passions as me. 

After college, I hope to have a career in marketing analytics in the fashion industry, while I continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion. I want to pursue these goals because I believe there should be more WOC in these industries. I am very passionate about bringing diversity into marketing because I am an avid believer that if we all were to surround ourselves with people who think differently and came from different backgrounds then there will be a positive impact on ourselves and society.  

Beyond receiving the scholarship, I want to thank TLF and its staff for giving me a chance to be part of an amazing and inspiring network and continue to stay involved with this organization. I think what TLF is doing for students like me is amazing and I couldn't be more grateful. I can’t wait to see this community and network continue to grow.

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