Co-Founder of Revive to Survive

Ruvinda Gunawardena

Born in Houston, Texas, Ruvinda attended Clear Brook High School, and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2017 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. He pursued a pre-health track at UTD, and has ambitions of a career in medicine. Brought up by Sri Lankan-born parents, he enjoys living a culturally-rich lifestyle, pursuing both his academic endeavors as well as several extracurricular activities.

Throughout his four years in high school, Ruvinda has pursued both music and sports with great enthusiasm. He was the Captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, playing at the #2 position. Alongside his sporting career, Ruvinda also served as the Vice-President of the Clear Brook Varsity Choir. His four years as an All-State Choir Member mark his highest choral accomplishment. Aside from these extracurricular pursuits, Ruvinda was a focused and academically driven Superintendent Scholar. He was also a contributing member of the Health Occupations Students of America as well as the “Best Buddies” Program, geared towards assisting teenagers with special needs.

In college, he continued his extracurricular pursuits by being part of a singing group, “AC Desi”, where he sang and played guitar at exhibition acts for various Bollywood dance competitions. He also played in the Intramural 7-on-7 flag football league for three years. Ruvinda maintained his academic success as well, graduating Cum Laude from the UTD school of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Volunteerism has been an integral part of Ruvinda’s life, allowing him to contribute to communities both here and across the globe. Through an Adult Educational Program, he assisted in teaching Spanish-speaking natives to learn English. He volunteered with the “Foundation of Goodness” in Sri Lanka, assisting tsunami survivors through developmental activities and courses. Recently, he performed in a music video, “Hope for the Nepalese,” to raise awareness about the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal.

Away from his routine, Ruvinda enjoys playing cricket, football, piano, and the guitar on his downtime. He is fluent in both English and Sinhala, the mother tongue of his parents. Overall, he enjoys a well-rounded lifestyle, while fully appreciating and embracing his Sri Lankan culture.