We are focusing on providing high standards education at low cost to the poor and underprivileged children in Bihar. This quote by Swami Vivekananda very aptly enforces our responsibility toward providing education for all. All of us humans are created equal but right after birth, we are divided based on caste, religion, status, and money. This, in turn, changes the whole dynamics. Some get privileged and are able to access a better lifestyle while others are left scrambling for even basic survival. We, as the privileged ones, ought to have a sense of responsibility for the betterment of those less fortunate. In the fight against poverty, education could prove to be our biggest asset. Education goes a long way in bringing a change in the society by creating a fair competitive environment. You enable education for a poor boy and thus enable him a sea of opportunities. Government and non-government organisations do their bit by providing scholarships for poor students. We will discuss a few of them here.

Importance of education

Education is crucial for the overall growth and development of a child, more so for a financially underprivileged one. Education opens doors to opportunities which then paves way for a better life. Ensuring a quality education for all is essential in creating a level playing field, a scenario where people can be judged based on their talent and hard work, and not on their financial background. People could then have equal opportunities to shine. Better education enables social and economic well being.

Major Scholarships for Poor Students/ Financially Underprivileged Students*

Here are a few major scholarships that can be helpful for poor children. These scholarships for poor students are at the forefront of our fight against poverty and inequality.

The Nanhe Munne Scholarship is provided by Alturaash Art. It aims to provide support to needy students from financially weaker sections to pursue primary education.

Eligibility: having annual family income less than INR 72000

No Drop-Out scholarship is for students studying in class 9 and belonging to poor families. The aim of the scholarship scheme is to reduce the drop-out rates at class 8.

Eligibility: Class 9 students having annual family income less than INR 1 lakh

Award: Up to INR 6000 per annum

Merit-cum-Means Scholarship is for students pursuing professional courses like Engineering, MBBS, IT, Pharmacy, etc. It aims to provide economically weaker students with an opportunity for higher education.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in Engineering, MBBS, Pharmacy, IT, Architecture courses and having gross annual family income less than INR 6 lakh

Award: Up to INR 50,000 per annum

Class 10th passed out student Scholarship Program is for students who are unable to fully realize their potential due to financial constraints.

Eligibility: Class 10 passed students having scored at least 80% marks and having a family income of less than INR 20,000 per month

Award: Up to INR 35,000 per annum till graduation

Class 12th Passed Student scholarship is for poor students having passed class 12 and entering into engineering, medicine or 3-year polytechnic. Our aim is to support the education of meritorious students who usually miss out on quality education due to a lack of funds.

Eligibility: Class 12 passed students with an annual family income less than INR 90,000

Award: Up to INR 25,000 per annum

Degree/Diploma Scholarship Scheme is specifically for first-year degree/diploma students. This scheme scholarships for poor students, support bright students coming from economically weaker sections of the society.

Eligibility: First-year degree/diploma students with an annual family income less than INR 3 lakh

Award: Up to 100% tuition fee assistance)