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Vahani summer workshop aims to polish scholars into the change-makers of tomorrow!

Vahani Scholarship applications open every year in September and closes on 1st of December

The Vahani Team under the constructive leadership of Reeva Misra and Preeti Bhatia strives to build a network of mentors that can identify relevant opportunities for scholars. A way forward for several students, the Vahani Scholarship's Summer Workshop in Gurugram recently garnered the attention of several students in the vicinity, churning a buzz in the town. The team aims to find its ground, expand to every state and nurture a widespread ecosystem of authentic sources, leads and network.

Meet the Vahani Family

Over the years the number of scholars has grown to 103 with 19 Alumni members, the team of 2 is now a team of 5 with Reeva Misra in place as Chairperson, along with Preeti Bhatia as the CEO, Rashmani Singh as the Managing Director, Mariya Ansari as the Program Manager, Ritu Chauhan as the Strategy Manager and Zubin Sethi as the Operations Manager.

Vahani has become a big family with a strong sense of responsibility, love, care, respect, and devotion for each other. Every year the family tends to grow as applications roll in and Scholars are added on. Vahani proudly boasts 100% placement of all the alumni so far in top notch companies like EY, TCS, Microsoft, and in prestigious fellowships like Teach for India, Gandhi Fellowship, and Young India Fellowship.

In the near future, Vahani hopes to build a strong network of Vahani Alumni who will set examples as change-makers in the society, inspire students and become future brand ambassadors of Vahani Scholarship Trust. Scholar Nidhi writes, "Being a proud Vahani Scholar, I aspire to reciprocate the Vahani ethos of being an empathetic change maker. For me Vahani has been an unexpected life-changing moment."

Identifying the Vahani park

In an education system that is extremely biased in terms of overall accessibility to quality education, it is life-changing opportunities like Vahani Scholarship that seek to bridge the gap and prevent bright and deserving students from dropping out of studies midway. Regardless of various scholarships and grants available, there are always criteria such as gender, cast or choice of subject which prevent many deserving students from pursuing higher education. Scholar Meenakshi says, "Vahani has unshackled my dreams from the darkness of adversities. It is transforming the lives of the underprivileged."

Vahani on the other hand, strongly believes that the scholarship should be awarded to those who have excelled academically and have overcome serious life's hardships and challenges. Over the years, the scholarship trust has seen that children who have had to suffer the violence of poverty and prejudice from the day they were born to develop an inner strength; their demand for life and their need to survive, gives birth to a spirit of innovation second to none.

That spirit, when recognized, cared for, and mentored is a massive power source, a power that will promote the individual and change society. Therefore the selection is based on merit and income, following an intensive application and a personal interview process. Those who have the potential for leadership and the desire to be change-makers are shortlisted and after extensive deliberation and when the Vahani Spark is recognized in them, make it to the final scholars.

While, the scholarship began with a bandwidth of yearly 20 intakes 6 year ago, it has now doubled to 40 seats every year. Vahani Scholar Pooja says, "Vahani has made my life a colorful painting, in which the colors are made of all the things I dreamt of it has given me strong wings and a fresh new start." In its 5 years plan Vahani aims to double the number of intakes, which means the cumulative number of scholars would then be 200.

What makes Vahani unique?

What makes Vahani unique is the inclusive and holistic development and support it provides to its scholars which is second to no other scholarship in India, by taking a two-pronged approach:

  • Scholarship with financial support, bearing in mind the bilateral expenses attached to higher education
  • Ongoing personal mentorship and guidance under a group of experienced and successful mentors, tutors and counselors, we ensure that each and every scholar flourishes and is well equipped throughout the formative years of college.

Scholar Ishika writes, "The guidance and motivation Vahani has imparted upon me is a great asset for my future." Every scholar is matched with a mentor, these relationships have provided a learning experience for students outside the classroom, where they have a chance to see the opportunities that the "real world" has in store for them. The purpose of the Mentorship Program is to connect graduate students with accomplished individuals to facilitate conversations and to obtain guidance about a variety of topics pertaining to the experiences of a young adult.

By organizing focused programs for scholars on Internships, IT Skills, Creative Thinking, Entrepreneurship, English Communications, Mock GD/PI, Mental Wellbeing, Workability, Vahani hopes to broaden their horizons and wants to enable each Scholar to become more articulate, confident and aware.

The mentor here views this programme as the big-picture more than just an aid. A unique transformational journey for those who become a part of the mission, Vahani has much to give to everyone, "It is inspirational to work with these young minds that have stars in their eyes. I am grateful to be a part of their journey and often I feel I learn as much from them as I am able to impart to them" quotes one of the Vahani Mentors.

To know more, check out the Vahani website here

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