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Upakar Scholarships for Indian students
Upakar Scholarships for Indian students

BY A STAFF WRITER

NEW YORK – Six high-achieving Indian-American students have been awarded Upakar Scholarships. Three other Indian American students have also bagged Upakar Textbook Scholarships.

This year’s six Upakar Scholars are: Arpita Abrol, Jackson Heights NY (Virginia for Education scholar), Oeishi Banerjee of Cupertino CA, Karthik Bijoy of Chicago IL, Bhakti Javiya of Detroit MI, Mithali Patel of Cumming GA; and Naazneen Vhora of Harvey IL.

This year’s three Upakar Textbook Scholars are: Sanket Patel of Egg Harbor Township NJ; Vidhi Raju Patel of Springfield MN; and Meena Pyatt of Missouri City TX.

This year’s scholars join 19 other Upakar Scholars who will be renewed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Upakar Foundation was set up in 1997 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to combat the stereotype that every Indian-American child can afford a four-year college education without being overwhelmed with student debt.

According to 2012 government data, one in 12 Indian-Americans lives below the poverty line, which is an annual income of just $23,000 for a family of four.

Over the last 19 years, Upakar has awarded 152 scholarships totaling over $600,000 to students who meet the scholarship criteria.

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Update: 08-October-2017

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