MEET THE MISS URBANA TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” -R.W. Emerson
SONIA AMIR-BOWIE, Miss Maryland 2000
Director of the Miss Urbana Scholarship Program
Sonia is a proud Alumni of the University of Maryland College Park and Georgetown University. Over the past 20 years, Sonia has held various positions with non-profit associations and government organizations focusing on youth development and character building programs for young people in our nation. She has worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice, the State’s Attorney’s Office in Prince George’s County and the National Recreation and Parks Association.
As a graduate student looking for scholarship opportunities, she competed and won the title of Miss Maryland 2000 and participated in the nationally televised program, Miss America. Now as a mother, Sonia understands the need for programs that positively influence and build confidence in girls. This guided Sonia to volunteer for the Distinguished Young Women of Frederick County as the Life Skills Coordinator. She founded the Miss Maryland Sorority and is an active member of the Miss America Alumni Association. She also volunteers with the Miss America Organization as the current Director of a local preliminary program, The Miss Urbana Scholarship Program.
Currently, Sonia stays busy as an active mom and works as a Scholarship Representative in the DC Metropolitan Area where she counsels high school students towards opportunities in higher education. Sonia also enjoys a flexible schedule as a print model for agencies based in the Baltimore and D.C., area. In her downtime, she enjoys playing the piano, working out and taking yoga. Sonia currently resides in Maryland.
DR. AARRTHY ARUNACHALAM
Aarrthy is from St. John ‘s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. The Sciences fascinated her at a young age which led her to study in neuroscience and pursue her Medical Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. While studying, she was also involved as the Coordinator for the Leaders Involved In Further Education (LIFE) program that prepared high school students for the transition from high school to university.
After graduating, she spent time in India providing medical assistance to underserved areas. It was that experience that cemented her belief that the need for mentoring young girls was essential in order to help them develop confidence in their abilities, and take on the harshest of critics with dignity, poise, and grace.
Aside from medicine, Aarrthy loves the Arts and has been dancing and teaching the Bharatanatyam (a form of Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, performing across Eastern Canada and the United States. Her passion for sharing the Indian Culture was the reason why she received the Canada Day Youth Award. While dance was always her main love, Aarrthy was a competitive figure skater, plays the violin and flute.
Aarrthy currently volunteers with the organizations that strive to shape young women into leaders of tomorrow. She is involved as a mentor for the Distinguished Young Women Program of Frederick and is a volunteer with the Miss Urbana Scholarship Program.
Aarrthy is currently practicing at George Washington Hospital, in D.C., and volunteered her time for relief work in Texas and Puerto Rico following the 2017 natural disasters. Aarrthy currently resides in Maryland.