Every monthly donation helps more girls like Mandara with scholarships
Mandara is a third year BE student at Vemana Institute of Technology. She hails from an underprivileged home, where her father is the breadwinner of the family of four. Mandara's father works as a painter and her mother, a homemaker.
With a low family income, the members of the family struggle to fulfill even the most basic of their necessities. With circumstances such as these, both the siblings struggled to pay for their education.
Mandara has been a recipient of the scholarship awarded by Mahila Dakshata Samiti for the past five years now.This scholarship helps he continue her education without the fear of financial troubles. She looks forward to finishing her education and break her families cycle of poverty.
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What the beneficiary gets
In an attempt to empower women through the tool of education, Mahila Dakshata Samiti provides scholarships to girl students in dire need of financial assistance to continue their education.
Newspaper advertisements invite applications from college students for scholarships, the only criteria being the girls need to have a proven academic record. The applications are then scrutinized by MDS field workers who visit the homes of all the applicants. The scholarships are awarded to the selected candidates at the start of the academic year.
The organization awards scholarship up to INR 10,000 per student for one academic year. MDS continues to support the candidate until she concludes her studies.
Mahila Dakshata Samiti
28 November, 2021
Scholarship for meritorious girl students from disadvantaged section of society
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Our prime focus has been an education for the girl child as we firmly believe that education is the key to empowerment. As such we support and champion the future generation of women through education by granting scholarships to meritorious girl students from the marginalized sections of society through an annual scholarship program. We wish to encourage these girls to counter financial constraints and pursue careers of their choice.Applications are invited by putting out advertisements both in 'Deccan Herald' in English and ‘Prajawani’ in Kannada. We have a scholarship committee in place which screens these applications. Interviews are then conducted. Home visits are also done to check the veracity of their claims. Scholastic abilities, financial status, family background, the health status of parents due to which they are unable to contribute to the family exchequer are some of the criteria taken into account while screening the applications. Priority is given to follow up students or continuation students who have already been granted financial aid the previous years to enable them to continue their studies to their logical end. Fresh applications are also screened and scholarship is granted to deserving students. We receive applications from students from Bangalore urban and rural areas.
Challenges faced and next steps
Due to the pandemic COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown, we have faced a lot of challenges in the implementation of the program. Schools and colleges were closed indefinitely. There seemed to be a lot of uncertainty regarding the re-opening of schools and colleges. Exams were either postponed or cancelled altogether. Results have just been declared for some courses. This being the case we have just put out advertisements in newspapers and are receiving a lot of applications for the same. The scholarship committee has just started screening the applications received so far. As such it will take at least 2-3 months to complete the process of disbursement of scholarships to needy students. We would like to reach out to as many needy students as possible to enable them to pursue their dreams.
Stories from the ground
- Ms Rakshitha. N - This is the case study of Ms Rakshitha. N. She has been brought up by her mother as she lost her father early in life. Her mother happens to be working as domestic help and has raised her single-handedly. She has completed her Engineering from Reva College of Engineering and has been successfully placed in Accenture Company. She has been availing scholarships from us for the last 4 years. It gives us a sense of satisfaction to have been part of her journey and helping her in achieving her dreams. We are truly proud of her achievements.2. Ms Meenakshi.S - This is the case study of Ms Meenakshi .S Her father abandoned them 10 years ago. She has a younger brother. Her mother happens to be a domestic help. They had appealed to us for financial help as both the children were extremely bright academically and wish to pursue their education. We have been financing her educational needs for the last 6 years. She has completed her Engineering in Electronics and Communication from AIT Tumkur and is on the lookout for a suitable job.3. Ms Jyothi - This is the case study of Ms Jyothi who has just completed her Engineering from SVCE College. We have been financing her education for the last 5 years. Her mother is a domestic helper. We are filled with a sense of pride for having enabled her to achieve her dreams.
5 August, 2020
Token of appreciation for the deserving
Token of appreciation for the deserving
At Mahila Dakshata Samiti, we have a committee to facilitate the award of scholarships, which meets at the beginning of the academic year to discuss and finalise the procedure for selection of awardees and set up other processes. Once the results are announced, we post ads in the local newspapers calling for applications for the scholarship awards.
The Committee scrutinizes the applications in detail and calls eligible students along with their parents for an interview. The committee tries to find out about the candidate’s interests, ambitions and future plans. Latest fee receipts and marks, report cards are examined. Depending on the available funds, a base amount is fixed for 10th class, for 1st and 2nd year of PUC, for Degree, for Diploma, Engineering and Medical courses.
This amount is enhanced marginally for students –
(i) With outstanding academic record,
(ii) With a single parent struggling to educate the girl child
(iii) For first-generation learners.
(iv) The amount is slightly decreased for students studying in Government colleges where the fee is comparatively low.
(v) The base-amount increases with the level of the class and is comparatively high for Engineering and Medical Courses.
Students in the second and later years are regarded as continuation scholars. We are extremely happy to note that continuation scholars generally show improvement in their academics and also seem to develop considerable self-confidence, as they move on; most likely emerging because of the monetary assistance provided by the Scholarship.
Some of the program highlights are that we have not only given financial aid to students pursuing engineering and medical streams, but also financial aid for the students pursuing their Diploma in Engineering course, Nursing , Radiology and Journalism.
3 December, 2019
Happy to receive the scholarship
Happy to receive the scholarship
23 May, 2019
Our prime focus has been education of the girl child, as education is the key to empowerment.Keeping this in mind we have been providing scholarships to needy meritorious students from economically backward sections of society so as to enable them to pursue their dreams. As usual, this year too advertisements inviting applications for scholarships were put forth in English and kannada newspapers. The response was very good. There has been a steady increase in the number of students, who have recieved financial aid from the MDS, a big jump from 80 students in 2015-16 to 150 students in 2017-18. A point worthy of mention is that there has been a steady increase in the number of students pursuing professional courses applying for grants. The Scholarship committee goes through a lot of pain in selecting the most deserving candidates for the awarding of scholarships. Their scholastic abilities, financial status, family background such as orphans, children of single parent, health problems of parents due to which they are unable to contribute to the family exchequer, illiterate and semi-literate parents, students from rural areas and students who get admitted to Government colleges are some of the criteria taken into consideration while granting scholarships. This year too we have granted scholarships for about 140 students so far.
Story from the field
This is the success story of Ms. Aishwarya, who has completed her MBBS with our financial support and guidance. Her father had abondoned her and her mother, when she was a three months old child. Her mother is the sole earning member. She has single handedly brought Aishwarya up by working as a domestic help. All along she has been simple minded in her vision in providing Aishwarya with quality education, so that she does not have to endure hardships in life like her. Having successfully completed MBBS, today she is employed as an Assistant Doctor to a Sr. Doctor in ESIC Hospital.She and her mother are extreamly grateful to usfar the same.
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||140|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Bangalore City|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||9.5 Lakhs|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||9 Lakhs|