Erode girl bags US Scholarship: 17-year-old Swega Swaminathan from Erode has received a full scholarship worth Rs. 3 crore to pursue to a four-year Bachelor’s Science degree from University of Chicago in United States of America. The scholarship aims to cover her entire cost of study for four years including tuition, health insurance, personal and travel expenses.
With this achievement, this teenager from Kasipalayam has become the first person to attend college in her family. She is all set to fly to Chicago next year to study her Bachelor’s Science degree on a full scholarship-cum-stipend.
Born to a farmer father, she dreams of getting into research to improve the country’s infrastructure. In an interview with TOI, she said that she is planning to study Biology and become a scientist and get into research. She is currently studying in class 12. Her mother is a homemaker. She also has a younger brother.
On being asked about what inspired her to take the path, she said that she had once listened to Sharad Sagar’s speech. He is the founder of Dexterity Global, a national organisation for leadership and career development. She was 14 years old at that time. She heard of UChicago during that time.
Maleeha Zehra, a class 12th student based in Srinagar, was in news this year for receiving a scholarship worth $70,000 (over Rs 51 lakh) to study at the prestigious Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar. In an interview, she said that she was preparing for the scholarship for the past two years.
My parents and younger sister have always been my support. They have always taught me to follow the path of truth and work hard, as it always pays off,” Zehra said. Read more about her story here.
Seema Kumari, a graduate of the YUWA class of 2021, also received a Harvard University scholarship in April this year. She hails from a small village named Dahu located in Ormanjhi, Jharkhand and is the daughter of underprivileged parents who make their living through subsistence farming. Read her story here.
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