Former Faculty Member Provides Scholarships to Graduate Students

KINGSVILLE - March 02, 2016

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            Dr. Mohan Rao knows about the financial and cultural challenges faced by students who leave their home country to get an education in the United States. He dealt with those same challenges as a student from India studying in the U.S., earning degrees in the fields of engineering and business. 

            Rao went on to become a faculty member at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he was able to advise Indian students and share the knowledge he had earned through his own life experiences. 

            For Rao, currently an associate professor of decision sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, there was an urgency to do more. That was why he formed the Desi Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charity organization that provides scholarships to South Asian students earning their higher education in the United States. Desi is a loose term for the cultures, and products of the Indian subcontinent, or South Asia. 

            The Desi Foundation recently agreed to provide annual scholarships to graduate students attending Texas A&M-Kingsville who previously studied in South Asia. 

            For Rao, providing scholarships to Texas A&M-Kingsville means a lot to him for a number of reasons.  “Because of this university, I came to South Texas, I bought my first house, my daughter got educated at Academy High—located on this campus.” 

            Rao continued, “The student population here (Texas A&M-Kingsville), particularly the Indian student population, has gone up quite a bit and they really need some help. There are so many highly qualified students who may not be able to afford a college education. That would be a big loss, and we don’t want to lose their contribution to society.” 

            Bradley A. Walker, CEO and Chief Development Officer for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, said that there are two reasons why these scholarships from the Desi Foundation are important. “For one, this allows us to partner with a new foundation formed by putting passion and interests into action. Secondly, and more importantly, this gift is a perfect example of the life cycle of a faculty member—they receive their education, they bring it to a university and share it with students, pouring their heart into an institution.”

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