Reimburse the scholarship given to a poor college student-The Ma Foi Foundation
Reimburse the scholarship given to a poor college student, INR 2500

" Overview

Ma Foi Foundation runs the Disha programme & provides financial support the Swarnamal Education Trust for SHG activities and for the Sornammal Mat Hr Sec School. A number of children from this school are supported through scholarships from among the many children in the Disha programme. Apart from this MF works with a number of Municipal & Corporation schools in Chennai in a couple of districts of Tamil Nadu.

How It Works

• Students for the scholarship are identified through school, NGOs, and self help groups.
• They are administered a test usually in the month of June/July followed by a family interview.
• They are selected based on economic and social criteria.
• Most of the students are selected in Grade 8.
• These children are supported till they finish college as long as they earn good academic credentials.
• The scholarship is paid via cheque in the name of the student and in a couple of equal installments, one in June/July & the other in Jan/Feb.
• In case the child does not maintain his/her grades, drops out of school or does not attend MF training session for students, the other installment is withheld.
• As the State provides for books & school fee is very low (It might be slightly higher in case of an English medium school), some part of the scholarship is towards buying additional books/guides, a pair of uniforms etc.
• Most of the money is saved (MF asks for a bank statement every year to monitor whether money is saved or not).
• Except for a few students who are new, the remaining children come from the pool of children to whom the NGO provides scholarships in school.
• The remaining are referrals.
• They are selected based on the test & interview held in June/July.
• A fixed amount is given in equal installments and the child is helped to get a bank loan (Ma Foi stands a guarantor) to fund the remaining costs.
• In cases where the child needs further assistance they try and find donors who contribute to them directly.


• 2 – Number of districts covered by MF
• 2 – Number of installments through which scholarships are awarded to the students
• 5-10% - Percentage of students who are new
• 40 – Number of Municipal and Corporation schools that MF works with in Chennai
• 120 – Number of schools covered by MF in 2 districts of Tamil Nadu
• 150 – Number of children from the Sornammal Mat Hr Sec School who are awarded scholarship
• 3000 – Total number of children in the Disha programme

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Scholarship paid by cheque 2500.00
Unit Price 2500
Total 2500
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Changing his world and others
Sarath P was identified for scholarship in 2004 based on merit and means. His father was a tailor. Sarath though was bright, calm and diffident when he joined. He probably would not have dreamt of attending professional college
Foundation gave him a scholarship of Rs 1200 and 1500 in school, and regular training programme, residential camps to develop personality, employability skills and take leadership role. After his schooling the foundation helped him by arranging education loan and a scholarship of Rs 5000 per year to pay interest and buy books .
Today he is doing computer engineering in Bajrang College. He is also the vice president of Disha Youth Movement, and takes a lot of initiatives in helping other Disha scholars and community.

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