Thousands of students in India pass 12th grade every year but are unable to afford the costs of college tuition.
At the same time, education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty these students are trapped in. Enabling these gifted students to pursue higher education will allow them to get better jobs and make a higher salary, and in turn, contribute more to their community.
“Educate 2 Graduate” (E2G) is a SCF Signature Program designed to provide students in India with access to higher education.
Each student selected for the program is provided with a loan-scholarship of about $1,000 per year to cover the bulk of their tuition fees, school materials, and boarding expenses for the duration of the 4 years it takes to complete their professional degrees. After their graduation, the students are on the path to reputable careers at prestigious corporations, thus breaking the cycle of poverty in a single generation.
After a reasonable interval between obtaining their professional degrees and securing a job, students start paying back the amount loaned to them in easy installments. These funds are then utilized to support more students.
I am Anak Patadiya. I completed my primary and secondary education at Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya (JNV) Bhavnagar. I completed my B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) at the Government Engineering College, Bharuch.
Before I talk about my success, I want to tell something about me and my family background.
I belong to a poor family where nobody went to school. I was the first person in my family to go to school and become successful at studies. My father died when I was in second standard. At that time, I didn't know about my future as my whole family was working at the farm. I was the only one at home and going to school. In fifth class, I passed my JNV entrance exam with top position in my taluka and second position in the whole district. Then I joined JNV School to complete my primary and secondary education.
When I completed my 12th grade in Science and got admission to the Government Engineering College, Bharuch, due to my family background, I feared how I would pay my college fees. Then I read a press note about Share and Care Foundation (SCF) scholarship. I applied for the scholarship and I got it, and I was able to complete my degree. I thank all who directly or indirectly supported me during my education. Now, I have joined Reliance Petrochemical Industry, Jamnagar, and I want to make my future in this type of MNC.
I want to share my personal concern that there are thousands of students who want to pursue studies but, due to their family backgrounds, cannot do so and achieve success in life. So, your Foundation is very ideal in making someone’s future bright. My thanks to all and I support this kind of Foundation like yours that directly or indirectly supports the students who belong to poor families. I want to join this type of Foundation and share my knowledge with all students. I myself also want to help other students in whatever way I can.
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