Apoorva is the founder of Apoorva Panidapu’s Art Gallery, an online platform to share her artwork and raise funds for charity. All the proceeds go directly to her charity, “Help Underserved African Children" (administered through Save the Children). She is also the grand prize winner of NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial Student Art Contest, as well as a recipient of four Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
Apoorva is an enthusiastic artist who loves to oil paint and sketch portraits. She particularly enjoys impressionistic and abstract artworks. Her story was recently featured on Ellen and Cheerio's “One Million Acts of Good.”
Apoorva wears many hats; she’s a student, a teacher, a mathematician, an artist, a social entrepreneur, and a public speaker who loves helping kids around the world. In addition, her love of art is matched by her passion for mathematics. Apoorva has received worldwide recognition for her achievements in mathematics through her performance in NBC National TV show Genius Junior and awards such as the prestigious Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship. She was also recently named a 2019 World Science Scholar.
Apoorva has also won many regional, state, and national awards for art, writing, math, speech, and debate. She loves mentoring underserved youth at a local elementary school, playing the violin in the concert orchestra, and practicing kung fu.
She has helped raise more than $20,000 to support the children in Africa, visually impaired kids in India, and other organizations using her gifts in math and art to try and give back. She hopes to inspire girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), and to encourage others to use their gifts to give back.