UpakarIndian-American Scholarship Foundation

Rastogi Scholarship Announcement

September 16, 2013


Indian-American film student from New Jersey honored

Upakar Foundation proudly announces the recipient of the Geeta Rastogi Memorial Scholarship for the performing arts: Shobhit Jain of Branchburg, New Jersey. The aspiring filmmaker rounds out Upakar’s class of 2017, including its first-ever community college awardee, increasing the total to twenty current Upakar scholars.

“On behalf of the Rastogi family, Upakar congratulates Shobhit on his achievements to date and commendable future aspirations,” Executive Vice President Nirupma Rohatgi said. “Shobhit is a deserving recipient of this award recognizing a wonderful patron of the fine arts. We look forward to watching his films in the years to come.”

Upakar was founded in 1997 in part to combat Indian-American community stereotypes, including that every child can afford a college education. In addition, Upakar has long recognized non-traditional Indian-American career pursuits by its scholarship recipients and has publicized role models in these professions.

“Our community needs more scholars like Shobhit in every field,” President Jyotsna Jalil Gupta said. “Upakar is pleased that the Rastogi family is able to honor Geeta by positively shaping Shobhit’s life. As higher education costs rise, the need grows, and Upakar continues to do its part for our community.”

Shobhit Jain of Branchburg, New Jersey was the valedictorian of his high school class. He served as class president for all four years and also led the student council and the local chapters of the Key Club and Model United Nations club. Shobhit also holds a first-degree black belt in taekwondo and served as a columnist for The Branchburg News.

In the fine arts realm, Shobhit has performed with the Satrangi School of Fusion, a Bollywood dance troupe. His short film Me, Myself, & I won “Best High School Dark-Comedy” at the 2012 International Student Film Festival in Hollywood and an “Honorable Mention” at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Shobhit will be attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to study film and television.

The class of 2018 scholarship application will be available this fall – the submission deadline will be no later than May 1.