CS undergraduate Dipro Prattoy earns Diana Award for his work in making college accessible for lower-income international students
DP Tutorials, founded by Prattoy, is the only resource in South Asia to assist lower-income students in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal to secure need-based scholarships, earn financial aid, and enroll in college prep courses. Additionally, the consultancy offers college application mentorship and has seen students accepted to over 450 universities internationally.
In tandem with his work on DP Tutorials, Prattoy manages an educational YouTube account informing his followers about the daily life of U-M students and how to manage the application process. The computer science undergraduate also works in the Housing and MCard office at U-M and currently holds a role as a Data Analyst Intern at the University’s Development Summer Internship Program.
Prattoy credits his education at U-M with assisting him in executing his goals as an entrepreneur and mentor. “The major portion of my project is teaching. We teach lower-income undergraduates in South Asia spoken English, SAT, IELTs, and essay writing techniques. Most of the time, I use a teaching style modeled on techniques my professors at CSE have used to teach us. I love to engage in stories as I teach to give my content a life. From executing exciting zombie projects in EECS 281 to just having a collaborative approach inside and outside the classroom, my experiences at the University have played a pivotal role in both my technical and creative focus towards DP Tutorials,” he said.
Prattoy is one of over 180 philanthropists and changemakers honored this year with the Diana Award, a prestigious accolade for young adults active in social or humanitarian work. Created in memory of Princess Diana, it is the oldest award available to recipients through retrospective nomination.
“DP Tutorials was a dream project and I’m happy that we have come a long way. This award is for the entire core team at DP Tutorials who have joined me in this dream to make studies abroad accessible to South Asians. I hope to create more opportunities, more student employment, and provide more financial aid on behalf of DP Tutorials in the coming days,” said Prattoy.
Prattoy has also been recognized as a Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Gold Medalist and with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. He has appeared as a guest speaker at over fifteen youth events and was the chief advisor of several youth organizations. Additionally, he was formerly an orientation leader and peer mentor at U-M.