Launched in 2012, the VIDYA scholarship program supports the education of economically disadvantaged youth beyond class X and molds them for future employability. In the past 7 years, 200 students have been provided free support for pursuing PUC, ITI, and vocational training courses and graduate courses in arts, commerce, and engineering. For most children from economically marginalized communities, the progression from school to college education is fraught with challenges.
Emerging from the mediocre, uninspiring academic environments of their schools, with little encouragement from family to acquire a college degree and few role models to look up to, students often lack the motivation to pursue higher education. Those who are motivated are often forced to sacrifice their aspirations due to financial difficulties – unaffordable college fees and the dire need to work to support their families are often insurmountable challenges. VIDYA provides support to this segment of disadvantaged youth by offering full/part scholarships for PUC, ITI courses, graduate degrees in commerce, science, arts and engineering.
In addition to financial support, VIDYA offers academic mentorship & the much-needed English language coaching to ease the struggles of students switching from vernacular to English medium of education in college. In order to prepare them for employability, VIDYA also offers life skills training and career guidance.
Scholarship Students have received admissions into 18 different educational institutions for various courses. Some of them are studying in leading institutions like Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering (All India Rank #39 in 2018 India Today Poll), Christ Junior College St. Joseph’s PU College, Loyola PU College, Loyola Degree College, Vijaya College, BES College, Srushti Degree College.
VIDYA gives preference to girl students for scholarships. Most of our girl students hail from a socio-economic segment where women have had poor access to education. According to the data gathered by us in the student survey, 87% of mothers of scholarship students had not completed schooling and 40% among them were totally uneducated. This financial support has helped break family resistance to their education, giving them the confidence to aspire to achieve, become financially independent, and support their families.