Spokeo Announces the Fall 2016 Spokeo Connections Scholarship Winner

We are thrilled to announce the sixth winner of the Spokeo Connections Scholarship (view past winners)! This semester, we received more than 300 essays. After vigilant review of many exceptional submissions, one in particular stood out. Shashank Keshav Rao of Canton, MI wrote a brilliant essay examining how social media tools serve the greater public good.

The winning scholar’s essay provided an insightful look at the incredible impact that social media platforms have on people by raising awareness, prompting important discussions and forming communities. (Read the winning essay here).

Currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan, Shashank is double-majoring in English and Creative Writing, and minoring in Japanese. Read on below to learn more about this notable scholar.

Spokeo Scholarship Winner Shashank Keshav Rao

Full Name: Shashank Keshav Rao

Hometown: Canton, MI

Current School Status: Sophomore at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor double majoring in English and Creative Writing and minoring in Japanese

Planned College Graduation year: 2019

Extra Activities: I love to read and write, take bike rides and long walks through nature, and I’m the grammar editor for a literary magazine on campus called the RC Review.

Future career plans: My ultimate goal is to become a novelist, but in the meantime, I plan on teaching English abroad and getting involved with organizations related to social justice and politics.