Raj Mehta Memorial Scholarship
A need-based scholarship at the Pratt School of Engineering
The family of Raj Mehta E’22 has established a need-based scholarship at the Pratt School of Engineering in memory of Raj, who passed away in March 2020.
Purpose of the Scholarship
The Raj Mehta Memorial Scholarship will support tuition, room and board as part of Duke’s commitment to meeting students’ financial aid needs.
Raj was born at Duke Hospital on April 15, 2000, and since then he was a Blue Devil at heart. When he was 8, he plastered his room with Duke and Harry Potter decals, so the joke was that he would have to go to Duke or Hogwarts. When he got accepted into Duke, he was ecstatic that he would get to be a Duke Engineer.
Raj was a man of many talents. While he was extremely smart in the classroom, he was also very driven in all his hobbies and passions. Raj was a second-degree black belt in Karate, an expert drummer, a star on the Duke Bhangra team and active member of the Camp Kesem community. Raj was a fitness expert, car enthusiast, and a technology wiz.
Above all, Raj was everyone’s friend. Whether he met someone briefly or knew someone since childhood, he had the effortless ability to connect with the person. His smile was contagious. He was there to party with his friends but also when they were feeling low. Social justice was always on his mind and he aspired to use technology to make the world a more just and equitable place.
He leaves a lasting impact across Duke though the Pratt school, and his SigEp, Dhamaka, and Camp Kesem families. He will be dearly missed by his friends, his family, and the Duke community.
The Mehta family is grateful to everyone who has already contributed to this cause. While the family is not actively seeking contributions, the site is open to those who do have a desire to contribute.
Please click the button if you would like to make a gift to support the Raj Mehta Memorial Scholarship:
For other ways to make a gift in support of the scholarship, please contact Jim Ruth or any member of the Pratt Development team.