Dean's Scholarship helped freshman Janani Raj decide on Tech.
Published on: 10-29-2012
Though freshman Janani Raj lives in a Coke town, she
idolizes Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo. "She comes from around the same
area in India that I'm from," Raj says. "Knowing that someone from my
background can be as successful as she is really motivates me. My goal
is to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company, preferably Coke."
Raj, who spent most of her youth living in Cumming,
Georgia, seriously considered pursuing her business education at Georgetown
University. But the combination of winning a Gregory J. Owens Dean's
Scholarship from the Scheller College as well as a President's Scholarship from
Tech was too compelling to pass up, she says.
Dean's Scholarships at the Scheller College
typically give recipients an average of $7,500 for four years. Adding in the
President's Scholarship, Raj's college education is completely covered.
"I love being at Tech. I can't see myself
anywhere else," she says, adding that her decision hinged on more than
just scholarships. "I was the drum major of my high school marching band,
so I really wanted a school with the strong team spirit that Tech has."
Raj hasn't pursued marching band at Tech, but she is
participating in a competitive student dance team, the Ramblin' Raas, that she
enjoys immensely. "Raas is a high-energy style of traditional Indian dance
involving the use of sticks, formations, and lots of wild expression," she
She's also in training at Tech's WREK and hopes to
eventually have her own show. "I want to do an international music show
that caters to the diverse population at Tech."
Raj, who is double majoring in industrial engineering,
says she is used to sticking to a tight schedule so that she has time to pursue
a variety of interests. In addition to stellar grades, she believes that her
many leadership activities during high school – marching band, Academic Bowl,
Science Olympiad, and service on a junior board of directors for a local bank –
helped her stand out to the Tech scholarship committees.
"I enjoy holding leadership positions not
because of power, but because of my desire to serve," she explains.
"Being able to lead by example has always been my personal motto."
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