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Our Mission:

To provide scholarships to the brightest underprivileged students in India


Our Vision

The Swami Dayanand Education Foundation (SDEF) is to help exceptionally talented but poor students in India pursuing professional courses. The foundation awards scholarships to the underprivileged students based on merit, for which they have secured admissions in the premier Institutes in India. The foundation aims at assisting the students who could not bear the high cost of education.

Program Overview

More than 200 scholarships up to Rs. 1,00,000 are offered in various categories for the year 2017-18. Thirty percent of these scholarships are reserved for women applicants.  From this year, the scholarship program is opened to all students pursuing professional courses. 

The last date to apply for Scholarship is 30th September 2017.

Our Scholars

We select top ranking students from national and state level examinations pursuing professional courses to attain economic and social development. In the last two years, SDEF has provided more than 250 scholarships worth $78,000 across 49 Institutes in India. 

Many of our Scholars are children of farmers and daily wage workers. We wish them great success in their future endeavour.

Take Action

Indian History & Heritage Poster Contest for Children

Swami Dayanand Education Foundation organized its first Indian History and Heritage Poster Contest for the children in USA.  

The foundation wants to promote Indian History and Heritage in USA among our younger generation. The Foundation organized its first annual poster contest in May-July 2017 on Indian History & Heritage to create awareness of the inspiring life and work of Maharshi Swami Dayanand. The poster contest was divided in three age group; 4-5 years, 8-11 years and 12-15 years. The winners of the contest have been awarded prizes and certificates.

The foundation will organize more events for children regularly on Indian History and Heritage.


Swami Dayanand Education Foundation (SDEF) is a registered non-profit organization in India & USA, dedicated to support higher education for economically weak students in India. SDEF is set up to help and support the students who are pursuing professional courses at premier institutes of India. Many bright, hardworking and deserving students in India do not complete their education because of their poor economic background. Many of them are children of poor farmers and daily wage laborers who go to great lengths to provide their children basic education. The students themselves study in conditions which would not be acceptable in any developed country. They lack basic infrastructure like a table and chair sufficient books etc. In spite of these odds, they manage to qualify in the entrance exams for professional streams, but they back out due to lack of financial support. Every single life you impact has a ripple effect throughout the community. Help us make a difference today by donating what you can or volunteering your time. We are grateful for all the support we receive in serving the needs of countless brilliant young minds. Please join us in our mission and we would love to hear from you! Thank you!


I would like to express my deep gratitude towards the donor of the scholarship for instituting this scholarship. This scholarship has been an epitome of philanthropy in the field of education for the last few years and continues to be so. I am honoured to have been selected as the recipient of this scholarship in the current academic year 2016-17. I have also been involved in research projects in various fields of Computer Science, like Program Analysis, Machine Learning and Game Theory. This scholarship will go a long way in helping me in pursuing my goal of excelling in academics by providing resources to support my tuition fees and hostel fees.
 - Palak Agarwal, IIT Kanpur
"Thank you for providing me with this scholarship for my good academic record. This would really help me to buy books needed for further studies and exam preparations. I have taken part in robotic events in techkriti in the past and have also been involved in the organizing team of Antaragni."      
- Shitabh Gupta, IIT Kanpur
“I completed my graduation this year. I actually got to know about this scholarship from my institute, which helped me a lot during my course. The extra requirement costs are always there in college hostels also, and some of them are cleared with the help of this scholarship. I wish this foundation good luck and appreciate their work.” 
- Rahul Das, NIT Silchar (Assam)
“I am grateful to SDCEF for selecting and providing me the scholarship during my 3rd and final year of B.Tech. from NITK. It financially helped me and also gave me an impetus to help others when I will be abled. Once again very much thanks to SDEF.”
- Anupam Sharma, NIT Karnataka
“My sincere thanks to the Foundation members and donors for helping out students like us. I suggest the Foundation to continue the great work and provide assistance to more and more student by helping them in pursuing their dreams.”
         - Haseena Begum, Osmania Medical College
The foundation has been doing excellent job in helping the students like me by providing scholarships which helps a lot in meeting the expenses during the academic. I am very thankful to the organisation for supporting me & I wish the organisation will continue this so that more students get benefitted.                                 
- Banna Venkatesh, NIT Trichy
“First of all, I would like to thank SDEF for the great deeds they are doing.. Recognizing and helping the students who deserve the support economically. I am really thankful for helping me.”
         - Sai Kumar K, MNIT Jaipur
Thank you very much for the scholarship. This is my first scholarship in my undergraduate course and I am very glad to receive it. I am interested in pursuing MS after my and this scholarship has surely provided me support and confidence.  I love working with robots and try to create new technologies. I enjoyed teaching kids in Prayas in my third year. Recently, I have been to a Trek with Adventure Club of IIT Kanpur.  I am also the recipient of Academic Excellence Award at IIT Kanpur. I assure you that I will make the best use of this scholarship.
- Aashi Manglik, IIT Kanpur