SAJA Scholarship Winners 2015
Anushka Patil is a rising junior studying journalism and computer science. She is a student fellow at the Knight Lab, a news-media innovation lab at Northwestern University. She also works as a peer educator on campus sexual assault and competes on a Bollywood fusion dance team. She has a strong interest in exploring ways to advance journalism and storytelling through technology.
Aryanna Prasad is a Louisiana native studying Political Communications and International Studies at Louisiana State University. Her journalistic goal is to become an international political journalist who explains geopolitics through translated cultural phenomena. In regards to South Asia, she is interested in contemporary South Asian politics and economic growth as well as the South Asian diaspora culture. Prasad writes about South Asian issues and experiences for Brown Girl Magazine and India Abroad and looks forward to working with fellow South Asian journalists in the future.
Aysha Khan studies multi-platform journalism and Middle Eastern affairs at the University of Maryland. She writes about diversity, South Asian diaspora issues and innovation in the media industry. Find her work at http://aysha.us.
Hasan Ali was born in London and educated at Oxford University. After graduating with his BA, he moved to Islamabad to work as an onscreen journalist for the nascent English Language wing of Pakistan Television where his time was split evenly between working in Current Affairs and the Literary Arts. He has presented television programmes on a wide variety of subjects ranging from the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and plans to develop his reporting skills further on the M.S in Journalism at Columbia University.
Karishma Mehrotra is an Emory University senior, studying journalism and international studies with a minor in African Studies. Her journalism work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She just completed an internship at CNN and a semester studying abroad in Ghana, and she will be at theBoston Globe this summer. She has a passion for international flights, classroom discussions, laughing and being vegan.
Born and raised in California, Lakshmi Sarah is an educator and journalist with a focus on South Asia, gender, race and the arts. Over the past few years, she has worked with newspapers, radio and magazines from Gaborone, Botswana to Los Angeles. She has written and produced for various audiences, including PolicyMic, Global Voices, Al Jazeera Online, AJ+ and KQED Arts. Lakshmi is a graduate of Pitzer College where she studied Global Communications and Studio Arts. She is currently a graduate student at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism focusing on multimedia.
Mahmuda Jhorna Islam is a Bangladeshi-American attending San Francisco State University in the fall. She is editor-in-chief of her high school's newspaper. Her interests include foreign affairs, activism and poetry. In her free time, she likes to craft, read and watch films.
Naveed Iqbal is currently working as a Senior Correspondent at The Indian Express newspaper. I cover the Congress party and civic bodies in the national capital. I have been reporting for nearly four years at the newspaper and have formerly covered education and minority issues.
Pooja Salhotra is a junior at Yale University double majoring in psychology and economics. She serves as the city editor for the Yale Daily News, managing content on city politics, economics and social justice issues. Originally from Houston, Texas, Pooja is also very involved in the South Asian community at Yale, serving as the President of the South Asian Society and as a member of Yale's Bollywood dance team, Rangeela.
Prashanth Perumal Jeyathilagar will be attending the M.A. Journalism (Business & Economics) program at Columbia University in fall 2015. Born and raised in Chennai, India, he holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics. Prashanth is an autodidact hugely passionate about economics and finance, and currently works as a writer in the opinion pages of Mint.
Raza Naqvi has been a TV producer, reporter, and host with the Voice of America (VOA). His work has appeared on Pakistan’s Geo News, HUM TV, and Express 24/7. He also reported for CNN and The Washington Times. Currently, he is enrolled at the Columbia Journalism School, with a documentary film concentration.
Saurabh Datar graduated from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology-Nagpur in 2009 and decided to take up a career in writing. He currently works as a sub-editor at Mid-day, a leading tabloid based in Mumbai. Saurabh aspires to be a data journalist and is going to Stanford University to develop his skills in this field. Through his work, he hopes to make public data more accessible to people in order to encourage their participation in civic affairs.
Sonali Kudva is a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University, Ohio, with research interests in Bollywood, Human-Information Interaction and Popular Culture. She has traveled widely and hopes to get the opportunity to travel to more interesting places someday. In another life, she was a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Fellow, has worked as a full-time journalist-editor and freelancer at magazines, newspapers and online.
As a journalism major at Boston University, Sonia Rao is passionate about all things related to writing, media and entertainment. She currently writes for her school's independent, student-run newspaper The Daily Free Press, and will serve as the features editor in the fall. In her free time, Sonia loves to watch films, and also serves as an associate producer for a game show on BU's television network butv10.
Sushma Udipi Nagendran is a business journalist from India, and she will be attending Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in the fall of 2015. She has extensively covered the renewable energy, e-commerce and retail sectors in India for over three years now, first for The Hindu Business Line and then for The Times of India. She is a sociology graduate from University of Madras, and also holds a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India.
SAJA has awarded a record $58,000 in scholarships to help graduate, undergraduate and high school students pursue their education and future careers in journalism.
The SAJA Scholarships are made possible through generous contributions from the Krishna Kumar Gaur Scholarship Fund, the Arun I & Asmita Bhatia Foundation, and numerous individual and institutional donations. To donate to SAJA and help future scholarship classes: