$100,000 in scholarships aims to memorialize Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution to humankind and enable students of San Diego County to learn about Gandhian principles, particularly non-violence, as a tool to settle social, political, religious, and national conflicts.
San Diego, CA
The 40th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony to be held on July 29 will be hosted by the San Diego Indian American Society (SDIAS). SDIAS has awarded $1.5 million in scholarships to 600 talented and deserving local students over the years, and this year will give out $100,000 in scholarships to 25 outstanding local high schoolers.
Many Indian students who come to the US for higher educational opportunities carry the knowledge of Gandhian principles and values. The greatness of Gandhiji lies not in his philosophy but in his ability to translate his beliefs into action and to mobilize the masses likewise act on their beliefs.
The foundation of San Diego Indian American Society is built on memorializing Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution to humankind and providing an opportunity for students of San Diego County to learn about Gandhian principles, particularly non-violence, as a tool to settle social, political, religious, and national conflicts. Professor Madhavan, a San Diego resident since 1968, has played a vital role in establishing Mahatma Gandhi Memorial lecture and scholarship to benefit San Diego area high school students.
Each scholarship applicant authors an essay on a non-violence-related topic, supplemented by GPA, SAT score, teachers’ recommendation, extent of community activities, personal essay, and relative income of the student’s family. Every school recommends 2 or 3 outstanding students irrespective of national origin for the award.