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This is how students earned full-tuition scholarships under the College Board India Scholars Program

2021 has been a very difficult year for students, educators, and educational institutions worldwide. At a time when remote learning was the only available option, educators and students in India displayed remarkable determination and perseverance to continue teaching and learning, respectively. However, the pandemic disproportionally impacted students and families from low-income backgrounds.

On this front, College Board’s India Scholars Program presents an opportunity for students from low-income backgrounds to earn full-tuition scholarships at participating Indian universities. The College Board is a US-based, not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to opportunities in higher education. It’s best known for programs like the SAT,® Advanced Placement® (AP®), and BigFuture®. The India Scholars Program is a collaboration between College Board and Indian universities that are members of the organisation’s India Global Alliance (IGA). The IGA member universities are working to ensure that all qualified Indian students can apply to Indian universities and receive a high-quality education regardless of income, geography, or social class.

In 2021, the College Board India Scholars Program’s second year of administration, 11 students from 8 states and 10 cities across India earned full-tuition scholarships to leading universities in India. Among them is a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Scholarship recipient whose marine biology research was funded by the US National Institutes of Health, a young leader selected for the Dexterity School of Leadership and Entrepreneurship in 2020, a budding scientist who is filing a patent for a gravity-based electricity generator and lighting solution, a recipient of the “Rashtrabhasha Praveen” conferred by the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (at the age 12 becoming one of the youngest to do so), and a student who Ranked first in India and 11th worldwide in the International English Olympiad organized by the British Council.


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Linda Liu, vice president, International, at College Board, shared her admiration for the young scholars. “2021 has been a very difficult period for all students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. We’re proud to award this year’s scholarships to these 11 amazing young students. All 11 scholars have demonstrated excellence, leadership, perseverance, and an unparalleled devotion to their academics and extracurricular interests, ultimately earning a seat at esteemed India Global Alliance universities. We look forward to the many contributions they’ll make in the coming years and decades,” she said.

To qualify for a full-tuition scholarship under the India Scholars Program, students are required to score 1300 or higher on the SAT, meet the university’s other academic requirements, and be admitted to and enroll at a participating India Global Alliance university. They must be a resident of India and from families with an annual family income of less than Rs. 8 lakhs. The India Scholars award is a full-tuition scholarship for the entire duration of the scholar’s undergraduate program. It’s co-funded by College Board and the IGA member university.

The scholars were ecstatic on receiving the news. Jeet Chowdhury, a scholar from Kolkata, was thrilled. “It wouldn’t have been possible for me to attend Ashoka University without College Board awarding me this scholarship,” he said. “I would urge all high school students to take the SAT.”

For Kanish Djaker from Tamil Nadu, also on his way to Ashoka University, the SAT is breathing new life into Indian education. “The SAT has the potential to reform the undergraduate college admissions process in India—it makes access to higher education easier and transparent.”

Jeet agreed, adding “College Board has paved a way to a world-class education at universities in India using the SAT, which assesses one’s all-round development based on their critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills. India’s college admissions need in this new era.”

The SAT is providing new opportunities to students applying to leading universities in India and abroad. With just one exam, they can apply to a variety of programs in India, such as engineering, business, management, science, humanities, and the arts. They can also apply to over 4,000 universities in the US, UK, Singapore, Australia, Canada, and 80 other countries.

Please contact a participating IGA member university, if you meet the above criteria, and apply for the College Board India Scholars Program. To know more about the College Board India Scholars Program, click here.

Disclaimer: This article has been produced on behalf of College Board by Times Internet’s Spotlight Team.


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