Neeraj Mehta koom nrog McKnight Foundation hauv 2018 los ua tus thawj coj ntawm kev kawm. Hauv lub luag haujlwm no, Mehta txhawb nqa yuav ua li cas peb cov phiaj xwm kev siv tswv yim kev kawm thiab kev coj ua kom yooj yim los tsav kev cuam tshuam ntau dua, nkag siab zoo dua cov kev hloov pauv thiab tsim qauv, thiab hloov kho peb cov tswv yim.

Ua ntej McKnight, Mehta tau ua haujlwm ua tus thawj coj ntawm cov kev pabcuam hauv zejzos ntawm Chaw rau Nroog thiab Cheeb Tsam Haujlwm Saib Xyuas Ib Cheeb Tsam  nyob hauv University of Minnesota, txhawb txoj kev sib tshuam ntawm kev tshawb nrhiav kev ncaj ncees thiab zej zog koom nrog koom tes nrog cov koom haum zej zog thiab tsoomfwv thoob plaws xeev Minnesota. Nws tau ua haujlwm ua ib tus xibfwb nyob tom Humphrey Tsev Kawm Ntawv Pej Xeem Kev Kawm, qhia cov chav kawm tsom mus rau kev tsim kho vaj huam sib luag hauv nroog thiab kev txhim kho zej zog. Mehta tseem ua haujlwm ntawm Nexus Community Partners, qhov uas nws pab ua tus thawj coj nthuav dav nws txoj haujlwm nyob rau sab qaum teb Minneapolis txij xyoo 2008 txog xyoo 2012. Nws tam sim no ua haujlwm nyob rau ntawm pawg thawj coj ntawm TU Dance hauv St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mehta muaj bachelor's degree hauv kev tsim kho vaj tsev los ntawm University of Minnesota thiab kawm tiav qib siab hauv txoj cai tswjfwm los ntawm University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Lub Tsev Kawm Ntawv ntawm Pej Xeem Huab Hwm. Nws tau txais koob hmoov los ntawm Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship nyob rau xyoo 2011. Mehta nyiam kev tsim kho kom muaj zog, muaj kev noj qab haus huv, thiab muaj ntau tus zej zog sib luag txhua qhov chaw, tshwj xeeb tshaj yog nyob rau sab qaum teb Minneapolis, qhov chaw nws nyob nrog nws tus poj niam thiab ob tug tub.