California State University, East Bay
Recipient, William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
Rohit Arora came to the United States from India at the age of 17, lived with relatives who did not support his educational goals and aided his family financially while attending high school. Despite these challenges, Rohit graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA. He attended CSU East Bay in order to stay home and help support his family while pursuing his studies in biochemistry. Even though he sustained a serious back injury, which delayed his graduation from college by a year, Rohit maintains a 3.53 GPA, works as a volunteer at Berkeley Public Library and in the emergency room at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and tutors students at Berkeley High School. He has also helped develop methods to improve food quality and safety through his research as a volunteer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, Rohit has an internship working at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Rohit plans to attend medical school and specialize in neurology so he can help develop more effective drugs and therapies for neurological disorders.