The Foundation (SDEF) provides Merit-cum-Means Scholarships to exceptionally talented but poor students in India pursuing professional courses. The foundation awards scholarships to recent high school students who are the top rankers in national/state level common entrance tests, based on which they have secured admissions to quality institutes/colleges.
We fund the most talented students and help them pursue the best education in India. Given the level of tuition and other fees in professional colleges, the poor have no chance today to pursue their dreams of becoming engineers. These students cannot get educational loans from banks either given the insistence of banks in India for history of banking relationships and a need for collateral. However, the earning potential of these professions is very high. A prfessional earns enough to help his/her family financially, lifting the whole family out of the poverty trap.
The student also becomes a role model in the community inspiring others to pursue this path. In other words, the multiplier effect on the society of enabling a talented child to become a high income earning professional is huge. By a conservative estimate, each rupee invested in a talented child returns 140x to the society.
"We can't help everyone, but everybody can help someone"
The foundation has provided over 250 Scholarships in the past two years.
“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 Kottakota, MNIT Jaipur
" 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)
Each scholarship recipient makes a pledge to support at least two more students once he/she has the capacity to do so. This pledge provides a built in mechanism for the future sustainability of the scholarship program. As we become better at sustaining relationships with our scholars, this amount will only go up in the future. An additional unique aspect of the foundation is that every rupee of every donation goes to the scholar directly.