Dalip Singh Saund, a Sikh, was the first Indian-American and Asian-American to serve in the U.S. Congress. Born in Amritsar, India, Saund received his undergraduate degree from the University of Punjab, before moving to California, where he obtained a doctorate, worked in agriculture, and later became a judge. Saund then represented California as a member of the House of Representatives for two terms, from 1957-1963.
Saund is a pioneer in the Sikh community and a shining example of Sikh service at the highest levels of American public life. The Saund Fellowship honors and pays tribute to Saund's contributions and legacy.