Moon Area High School (MAHS) alumnus, Saket Rajprohat (’15), recently received the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State.
The government-funded Fulbright program serves as a conduit of more than 140 nations with the collective purpose of improving cultural understanding while gaining educational experience.
Rajprohat, a 2019 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, will spend a year in India to study and empower the country's disadvantaged urban youth populations through their participation in the democratic process.
Rajprohat saw that there is an increasing gap between engagement with policymakers and young voters and wanted to explore and challenge these patterns.
During his time in college as a marketing major, Rajprohat focused his interests locally with the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (PAACC) to find ways to inspire businesses to engage with young voters and participate in voter education.
Rajprohat believes that his work in India and post-fellowship will help to empower his peers to use their voice in benefitting Indian communities.
“I hope as I grow up, my work in civic engagement helps to inspire many others to engage with their communities in their own way,” he said.