Soraya Auer is starting a Master of Science in Documentary Journalism at Columbia University in the fall of 2014. She is currently a media relations specialist and chief sub-editor for BRAC, the world's largest non-governmental organization, and previously worked for Bangladesh's most circulated English newspaper as a feature writer. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post (US), The Daily Star (BD), Press Association (UK) and other publications. Soraya, who speaks four languages, completed her undergraduate degree and professional qualification in journalism in the UK.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rajeev Dhir always knew he wanted to pursue a career that would involve storytelling. He is currently working towards a Master of Arts in multimedia journalism at New York University and is a proud member of SAJA. Prior to returning to school to upgrade his skills, he worked in mainstream and South Asian newsrooms as a reporter. After graduating, Rajeev plans to use his new skills to help give a voice to underreported communities including those from the South Asian diaspora.
Jeyandini Fernando – Columbia University
Jeyandini Fernando is a 2nd year part-time graduate student at the Columbia University Journalism School. She works as an Associate Producer with CNNx based out of New York.
Tanya Jain – New York University
Tanya has observed diplomatic and security issues in Asia-Pacific for BBC’s news monitoring service in New Delhi for over two years. She follows North Korea compulsively and has travelled to Pakistan and Uzbekistan in her quest to explore regional politics, history and culture. Tweets at @afusedjain.
Zainab Khan – UC Berkeley
Zainab Khan will be attending UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism this fall and she is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University. Her interests include the South Asian and Middle Eastern diaspora networks, transnational youth movements, and more broadly, fashion and how it operates as a global discourse.
Reshmi Kaur Oberoi – Northwestern University
A New Yorker born and raised, Reshmi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012 with a degree in the history and sociology of health, Health & Societies, and a minor in political science. She decided to take two years off to hone her craft of writing before entering graduate school. She will now be working toward her master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University. Her goal is to use journalism as a means to provoke change and to provide information to a global audience. She aims to do this by reporting, collecting my observations and what she hear, and then reproducing these sensory experiences for the public.
Ariha Setalvad – Stanford University
Born in India, Ariha has lived in Italy and New York, and earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Psychology from New York University in 2013. As an undergrad, Ariha worked at technology startup Fueled, Scholastic News, and The New York Times, where she wrote about education in the U.S. She is currently working at a financial newspaper in India and is headed to Stanford University in the Fall. Intrigued by both visual and written storytelling, Ariha is excited to develop her skills as a multimedia journalist. She is also working on a series of children's books, and is a proponent of the Oxford comma.
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Akib Khan, East Chapel Hill High School
Akib Khan has been involved with journalism throughout his high school years. In his free time, he is either playing sports or traveling around his native state of North Carolina.
Dustin Nguyen, Crawford High School
Dustin Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American from San Diego, CA. His hobbies inlcude wrestling, gymnastics, and outdoor adventures. His passion, however, lies in my education. He’s is interested in politics, journalism, and international studies. Nguyen currently attends Crawford High School in San Diego, CA and next year he will be attending Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. As a SAJA scholarship recipient, he will continue to work towards a career in journalism and says he is so excited to now be part of the SAJA scholarship family.
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: