Need-Based Scholarships

When we talk about the scholarships that are centered around financial assistance, we target the need-based scholarships. These are sincere efforts for promoting education in a developing nation like India. In India, there is a wide disparity in the distribution of resources. On one hand is the population that has an excess of everything, on the other is the section of the society that strives for 2 meals a day. In such a situation, there is a drastic difference in the affordability level. Hence, the government initiated certain state-funded scholarships as a means to promote education. This step is initiated in light of opening the gates of employment for many.

1) Pre-matric scholarship
Purpose– The scheme is meant to encourage the students from scheduled caste backgrounds. This scholarship is funded by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. The scheme encourages the scheduled class families with an annual income of less than Rs. 2.5 lakh, to send their kids to school.
Award– Partial funding
Eligibility– Students of classes 9th and 10th only when they attend a recognized government school under regular curriculum.
Apply– Through School
Application– July-August

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2) Santoor Women’s Scholarship
Purpose– The Santoor Women’s scholarship is open for girl students from the underprivileged and disadvantaged background who wish to pursue their higher education after grade 12, in any discipline of a minimum of two years’ duration.
Award– Rs 24,000-36,000 per annum
Eligibility– Enroll for a full-time recognized diploma/degree program
Apply– Through Post
Application– June, July

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3) IDB Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC)
Purpose– The objective of the Program is to improve the socio-economic conditions and to preserve the cultural and religious identities of Muslim Communities in Non-member Countries through developing their human capital resources.
Award– Loan Scholarship
Eligibility– Class 12 pass Muslim students
Apply–  Through post
Application-May, June

4) AAGHAZ foundation financial assistance and scholarship programme
Purpose– To plug school dropouts and give financial assistance to poor Muslim students.
Award– Financial Assistance
Eligibility– Underprivileged children from minority communities
Apply– Online, email
Application-Round the year

5) National Scholarship Test
Purpose– Mission of National Scholarship Test is to promote the talent of school children and to work with a range of charities from small projects to large endeavors.
Award– Scholarships ranges Rs.20,000 to Rs 1 lakh
Eligibility– Class 5-10
Apply– Through post, in person
Application– March, April

6) Central Sector Scholarship Schemes for Students with Disabilities
Purpose– to arrest the dropouts of students in class 8, especially of students who suffer any disability and who give up their studies due to financial constraints.
Award– Financial Support & allowances
Eligibility– Class 9 to 12, Poly Tech, Graduate Students
Apply– Online
Application– August-October

7) Bright Life Scholarship
Purpose-They offer service to the young children who are at risk – children living on the streets, child laborers, abandoned/orphaned children, victims of drug abuse, victims of child abuse, begging children, rag pickers etc.
Award– Laptop worth Rs. 21,000 with Rs.500/- Month for 5 Years, Gift & Scholarship Certificate.
Eligibility– Class 8-12
Apply– Online
Application– February, March

8) Mahamana Malviya Scholarship
Purpose– The scholarship aims to help poor and meritorious students to pursue higher education by mitigating their sufferings and economic hardship.
Award– Cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a citation
Eligibility– For class 11 and 12
Apply– Through post
Application– December, January

9) Avasar Scholarship
Purpose– Opportunity Foundation Trust provides a 6-years post matric scholarship for girls from disadvantaged families who are excelling in their academic performance. Scholarships are granted to applicants domiciled in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, and Gurgaon only.
Award– College fee, grant of Rs 1,80,000, books, stationery, Bus pass, dresses, Daily allowance
Eligibility– Girls right now studying in 10th class having 80% in Class 9th
Apply– Online
Application– Round the year

10) Fair and Lovely Foundation-Develop Your Career Scholarship
Purpose– To promote vocational skilling among girls to empower them
Award– Course Fee
Eligibility– Minimum qualification for the candidate is Class 8 passed
Apply– Online, through post
Application– October, November

11) North South Foundation (NSF) Scholarship
Purpose– NSF provides scholarships to undergraduate students entering engineering, medicine or 3-year polytechnic (diploma in engineering) based on merit and financial need.
Award– 1,000 students will receive a scholarship of Rs 6000 to 18000 each.
Eligibility– Students who are among the top 10% in their 10th and 12th examination are eligible to Apply. Annual family income should not be more than Rs 80,000.
Apply– Online
Application– September, October

12) 5th Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (G.C.S.S.)
Purpose– It aims to provide financial assistance to girls from the economically weaker section, enabling them to continue their school education.
Award– 300 needy girls will be provided with an education scholarship amounting to Rs. 5000/- each for their education for a full year.
Eligibility– The girl must be nominated by her school for this scholarship. Should be studying from class 2 to 10 with minimum aggregate marks of 60% in her previous class.
Apply– Through School
Application– September, October

13) Bright Life Scholarship
Purpose– To improve the lives of disadvantaged children, their families, and communities through an approach that puts children at the center of community development.
Award– Rs. 21,000 with Rs.500/- Month for 5 Years, Gift & Scholarship Certificate
Eligibility– Class 8th-12th
Apply– Online,  through post
Application– October, November

14) National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS)
Purpose– to prevent the dropout of students at class 8th
Award– Scholarship of Rs. 6000/- per annum till 2017. Rs. 12000/- per annum from 2018.
Eligibility– Family annual income not more than Rs.1,50,000. Students of State Government, Government aided and local body schools. However, students of private schools, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, and State government-run residential schools are not eligible for the scheme.
Apply– Through clearing the eligibility test conducted by the respective state
Application– August to October

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15) Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship
Purpose– To provide financial assistance to meritorious girl students belonging to national minorities, who cannot continue their education due to lack of financial support.
Award– For students of class 9th and 10th – Rs.10000/- released in 2 installments of Rs.5000/- each.
For students of class 11th and 12th – Rs. 12000/- released in 2 installments of Rs. 6000/- each.
Eligibility– Only girl students belonging to six notified Minority Communities i.e. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis are eligible. They should be students of classes Class 9th to 12th and have secured at least 50% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate in the previous class. The annual income of student’s parents/guardian from all sources does not exceed Rs. 2.00 lakh
Apply– Post (All documents along with printed application form)
Application– Till September end.

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16) The English Access Microscholarship Program

With the duration of two years, access programmes help the participants to gain an intermediate level of English understanding through after-school classes and summer courses. The access programmes take place in Guatemala.

Purpose– Developing English language skills among the brilliant yet underprivileged students. It is initiated by the US Department of State.

Award– Improving the social skills and leadership among students, enabling them to get job opportunities.

Eligibility– Students living outside the US who are in the age group of 13-20 years.

Apply– Contact the US embassy near your area.

Application– By May 1st week.

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Official site of US embassy in India-

17) The TATA Scholarship

Purpose– The renowned TATA group offers scholarships to Indian undergraduate students to study at Cornell University, New York. This scholarship is meant to assist the brilliant students so that they can study at this renowned University. The amount of scholarships is the difference between the fees at Cornell less family’s contribution. The TATA Group supports the students through the completion of their courses, be it 2 years or 5 years.

Award– Up to full funding.

Eligibility– Applicants must be resident of India, studied in a secondary school in India.

Apply– Online.

Application– November.

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18) Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship

Purpose– To sponsor college education to the underprivileged yet meritorious students after class 12th. The vision to create young leaders by providing opportunities is what defines this scholarship. These young scholarship recipients represent the ‘hope, optimism and potential’ of Future India.

Award– INR 36,000 per annum throughout the course for Engineering students. For medical students INR 40,000 per annum throughout the course.

Eligibility– Applicants must be resident of India, class 12th passed from a recognized school.

Apply– Online.

Application– August.

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