India’s Best Scholarship Programs for School Students You must be Aware of

In this article, you will find the details of some best scholarships and awards for school students in India.

Created On: Nov 30, 2016 10:00 IST
Modified On: Dec 7, 2016 12:23 IST

Besides bringing monetary benefits to aspiring students, the best scholarships and awards also play a key role in boosting their confidence. Moreover, it encourages the parents to dedicate their wherewithal to their children and be proud of them. The other benefits of winning the best scholarships are; it enhances your social recognition besides making your CV more striking while applying for colleges and even for a job. Since these scholarships have global recognition, it enhances your chance to get enrolled in international colleges as well. So it is of paramount importance for students and their parents that they must be aware of such prestigious scholarships that will help the students prepare and apply for them to widen the avenues for their desired success.

Below, we have listed the details of some of the best scholarships and awards for school students in India.

The Velammal Science Talent Search Exam

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This talent search exam is conducted by the Velammal Educational Trust of Tamil Nadu. The exam is conducted with the objective to determine the students’ aptitude for their studies and support them with scholarship cash rewards. The trust offers total scholarship prize worth Rs. 4 lakhs across 6 different levels. An exam is conducted where you have to qualify in the aptitude test with the help of your problem-solving skills that will enable you to win a prize from one among the 30 prizes at each level. Tamil Nadu or Pondicherry-based students of Class I to XII are eligible to appear in this exam.

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

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NTSE is a widely known national-level scholarship program in India. Under this scholarship scheme, the students of Class XI and XII get a monthly scholarship of Rs. 1,250 while the undergraduates and post-graduates are given Rs. 2,000 a month. This scholarship is given to a total number of 1,000 students every year. The NTSE exams are known for being a bit tough as they involve multiple-stage tests. There are coaching centers that specifically cater to NTSE aspirants’ needs and enable them to crack the exam and avail the opportunity.

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

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Initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, the program aims at encouraging students to pursue  research careers in the areas of basic sciences, engineering and medicine. The selected KVPY fellows, up to the level of pre-PhD or 5 years— any one of which is earlier; are provided the grant of generous fellowship and contingency. The students of Class XI and XII can write the exams of KVPY, which is regarded as the best scholarship for school students.

Young India Challenge for school students

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Young India Challenge is a program meant for the students of class VIII to XII. Students clearing the test conducted by YIC are rewarded a cash prize amounting upto to Rs. 20,000. Its selection process is based on written a test held weekly that one must enrol in. Those who qualify in the weekly tests compete in the finals. Subsequently, the top industry mentors judge their final performance.

Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA)

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Students belonging to economically and socially less privileged section of the society can take the benefit of this scholarship program. FAEA makes the students eligible to study in institutions that provide academic distinction and economic opportunity. Academic excellence and socio-economic background are the criteria of selection for this scholarship. This scholarship program extends support to the students who get selected for a period of three years in the first instance. It is extendable for further two years for post-graduate study. Any permanent resident Indian student who has qualified XII grade exam can apply for this scholarship.

Pre-Matric scholarship scheme for minority students

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This scholarship is tailored specifically for minority students of Class I to X. The students from any communities as Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi with their parents’ annual income less than Rs. 1 lakh are eligible for this scholarship. The total annual scholarship amount goes to approximately Rs. 3,000—6,000.

Post-Matric scholarship for minority communities

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The minority communities’ students of Class XI and XII can apply for this corresponding scholarship. This is also purely meant for the students belonging to the minority communities as categorized by the Government of India. The annual scholarship amount goes to Rs. 7,000—12,000.

Tata Building India School English Essay Competition

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Undertaken by the Tata group of companies to motivate the youth of India, this is one of the largest essay competitions conducted in India. Basics of the competition start with the first phase of contributing to a number of subjects pertaining to nation building. Those who qualify in the competition are awarded fascinating prizes as handycams, digital cameras, laptops, trophies and so on. Class VI to XII students with sound knowledge of current affairs and writing skills can apply for this exam. The choice of essay topics is done with due care to enable the students to become more creative, astute and sincere.

Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS)

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Conducted by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, SEATS is the umbrella program of Innovation in Science & Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) that boosts student to prepare a science project for demonstration. The students are provided an amount of Rs. 5,000 for making a project besides transportation cost for displaying the project in the exhibition. They also receive a highly recognized and prized certificate. The students of Class VI to X can apply for it. The names of the participating students are nominated by their respective schools, usually proposed by the headmaster/principal of the school.

Amul Vidya Shree and Vidya Bhushan Awards

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Amul Vidya Shree Award is conferred by the dairy products company Amul to India’s meritorious rankers of Class X students qualifying the State Board, Central Board, ICSE Examination, while Amul Vidya Bhushan Award is given to meritorious students of Class XII. The winners get coverage in India’s leading newspapers and attain national recognition besides receiving a memento, a certificate of excellence and a gift hamper of books. The students who have qualified the board exams of Standard X or XII can apply by filling up the application form that is to be submitted by the school principal. It is to be kept in mind that its registration gets closed mostly in the first week of July.

Though different subjects are covered in preparation of scholarship exams, such exams are specifically designed to test the aptitude and basic skills vis-à-vis subject matter expertise. So, it's better if you go through good GK books and keep yourself well aware of current affairs besides having a thorough knowledge of your subjects. All these guidelines will enhance your chances of qualifying such scholarship competitions as given above for your kind information.


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