Rao Chitneni Memorial Scholarship

Rao V. (Ashok) Chitneni was born on July 18, 1953 in Kakinada, India. The oldest of three sons, he spent the majority of his childhood in Hyderabad, India before moving to the United States at the age of 24. He received an MBA from Wagner College in New York. In 1981, he married Shobha Katikineni and they both migrated permanently to the U.S. two years later. They have lived in the Quad Cities since 1994.

He enjoyed traveling, nature, music, and astronomy. He was an active member of the Indian community. Most recently he worked in real estate and construction. He was a doting and devoted husband and father. His friends remember him as a gentle-hearted man with a sweet smile. His daughters will never forget the fact that he was unable to hurt even a bug.

Rao (Ashok) passed away in his sleep on July 2, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Shobha and his 3 daughters, Pooja, Divya, and Theja. All three girls have received their education from Pleasant Valley Community School District. Pooja graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2002, and graduated from Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City in 2012. Divya graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2008 and studied at Drake University in Des Moines. Theja is graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2012. Family greatly appreciates all the support and warmth of their friends and community. They wish to thank friends and family who helped in establishing a scholarship in memory of Rao V. Chitneni for graduating high school seniors to pursue their dream of higher education.

Criteria to Apply:

  • Be a graduating senior at PVHS
  • Plan to attend a four-year college/university and have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A well-rounded student having been active in multiple extra-curricular activities with special consideration given to someone who has overcome an obstacle

Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay:

  • Explain the importance of furthering your education beyond high school. If you have had to overcome and obstacle, please address this in your statement.
*If you choose to attend an educational institution that does not meet the criteria for this scholarship, your scholarship may be revoked.

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Past Scholarship Recipients

2021     Sam Kowing
2020    Megan Lopez
2019     Christina Bishop
2018     Elle Fietsam
2017     Laura Butler
2016     Marta Storl-Desmond
2015     Joshua Wallin
2014     Alexandra Carter
2013     Jillian Knott
2012     Hannah Zaprusky