Kella Nagraaju is a graduate of JNTUK in civil engineering. As the middle child in his household, he saw how his elder brother dropped out of his academic career in the twelfth grade, due to financial struggles. His father was a farmer and in university, he had difficulties making ends meet, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other JNTUK alumni turned him to the Next Step Foundation, from which he received the NSF scholarship for academic excellence.

This scholarship helped cover expenses related to his studies and housing. With the relief provided by his scholarship, Kella was able to achieve many accomplishments. In both 2020 and 2022, he participated in All Indian Inter University National Championship for Ball Badminton. Furthermore, he is planning on continuing his studies in the field of software engineering to challenge himself and learn new things. Kella shared a quote that inspires him: “a child without education is like a bird without wings.” As for him his education helped open up the doors to so many more opportunities in life.