$5,000 four-year grantsâ€™ deadline is April 30.
WASHINGTON, DC: The Upakar Foundation has unveiled new community college scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year. These grants will be open to high-achieving, financially-needy Indian American students pursuing undergraduate degrees.
â€œThe community college scholarships bring the financial clout and mentoring services of Upakar to a new group of students,â€ President Jyotsna Gupta Jalil said in a statement. â€œWe look forward to helping these students get the most â€˜bang for their buckâ€™ â€“ by obtaining an excellent education and successfully transitioning to a four-year institution.â€
The community college scholarships will be awarded based on the same criteria as Upakarâ€™s existing grants. The scholar must have been: (1) born in India or have at least one Indian-born parent; and (2) be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder. In high school, scholars must have attained a raw grade point average (GPA) above 3.6. Finally, financial need is determined by family adjusted gross income.
As part of Upakarâ€™s commitment to its scholars, as long as their undergraduate GPA remains above 3.3, Upakar will renew the scholarship for all four years of school. For a community college scholar, that is a $5,000 promise, including two years at a four-year college or university.
â€œUpakar looks forward to another chapter in its over fifteen-year history,â€ Executive Vice President Nirupma Rohatgi said. â€œThe community college scholarships are an excellent way to supplement the four-year grants, which have supported over one hundred Indian American students. Upakar is pleased to be at the forefront in helping students offset the ever-rising cost of higher education.â€
Applications for the 2013-14 academic year are due April 30, 2013. For more information on the Upakar community college scholarships, four-year grants, and Geeta Rastogi Memorial Scholarship for the Performing Arts, visit: www.upakarfoundation.org