Scholarships for the Needy 2008-2009

Shanbhag High School Lunch Kumta

Hope you all had a wonderful “Makar Sankranti.” Now the Sun rises earlier each day and sets later, bringing light and warmth to all aspects of our lives. This year, I celebrated Sankranti in Mumbai with close family and overate “til-gul” and “til ladoo.” Too lazy to ask why this focus on sesame, I simply devour bags of those diminutive sesame balls held together with dark jaggery.

As we gorge ourselves, let’s turn our minds to the less fortunate amongst us and see how we can bring joy to their lives too.

This started as a desire to support needy girls at the Shanbhag School in Kumta, endowed in the name of my grandfather. Each year more friends and relatives joined in, and this year, Shanbhag Scholarships were awarded to 35 students (23 girls and 12 boys). We also extended scholarships to several other schools in Kumta. We hope to continue this trend within Kumta and one day I dream of supporting ALL needy girls in Kumta!

Years back, my graduate advisor retorted at another of my audacious ideas, “there’s nothing wrong with building castles in the air, as long as you build something below to hold it up there.” With all your goodwill, we will build it! Help me make this a very long list!

Scholarships were granted purely on the basis of need and included full tuition and a daily lunch at the school.

Read more about our Scholarships:

Appended are the names of students who received scholarships. The Saraswati Vidya Kendra and the Shanbhag High School are managed by the Konkan Education Trust, Kumta, India.

    Primary Students,
    Saraswati Vidya Kendra

  1. Kumari Raksha V, LKG
  2. Sachin SM, Class I
  3. Manoj S, Class I
  4. Kumari Kavya UH, Class I
  5. Kumari Deeksha V, Class I
  6. Kumari Harshini H, Class I
  7. Maruti SP, Class II
  8. Kumari NV Ashrita, CLass III
  9. Kumari Vandana VS, Class III
  10. Kumari Soujanya SR, Class IV
  11. Nakul NP, Class IV
  12. Kumari Nidhi SK, Class IV
  13. Mahesh AS, Class V
  14. Akshay MS, Class V
  15. Vishal VS, Class VI
  16. Kumari Bhagavati SD, Class VI
  17. Kumari Neha SK, Class VII
  18. Kumari Rekha KH, Class VII
  19. Secondary Students,
    Shanbhag High School

  20. Kumari Akshata SS, Class VIII
  21. Kumari Nagaratna VB, CLass VIII
  22. Nagendra KH, Class IX
  23. Ramnath GS, Class IX
  24. Vinayak AS, Class IX
  25. Nagarak GB, Class, X
  26. Nagaraj SD, Class X

The Gibb Girls High School, Mahatma Gandhi High Shool, and the Gibb English Medium High School are managed by the Kanara Education Society, Kumta. Since these Society Schools receive government aid, as well as food for their students, scholarships for students at these schools did not receive funds for midday meals.

@ the Gibb Girls High School
Gibb Girls High School Kumta

    Gibb Girls High School, Kumta

  1. Kumari Nisha MS, Class VIII
  2. Kumari Soumya SP, Class VIII
  3. Kumari Usha UB, Class IX
  4. Kumari Jyoti US, Class IX
  5. Mahatma Gandhi High School, Chitrigi, Kumta

  6. Kumari Divyashri RN, Class VIII
  7. Kumari Lata RP, Class IX
  8. Kumari Pavitra RN, Class X
  9. Gibb English Medium High School, Kumta

  10. Kumari Atitha MR, Class IX
  11. Kumari Shruddha JS, Class VIII
  12. Kumari Namrata KN, Class VIII

Playground at the Gibb Girls High School, Kumta
Gibb Girls High School Kumta

My Posts on Kumta:

My Posts on the Shanbhag School, Kumta

23 thoughts on “Scholarships for the Needy 2008-2009

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  1. My son wants to appear for scholar ship exam pls help me he is in 7std ICSE School pls mail me i will be oblige thank you

  2. When I saw these pictures of the Indian students, I want to visit the school in India! There’s always a lot to learn about running a school and issuing scholarship for the kids. You have achieved great work on that, Arun!

    1. Thank you Maple for your enthusiasm! Yes, you should come and visit the Schools and the area. A beautiful part of India!

      It was not me alone, but many of my family and friends who pitched in the funds to help out.

      I hope we get the opportunity to continue this work.

      Good luck in the excellent work that you are doing.

  3. Hi Lata:
    THank you for your kind words!
    Since you are so close by, why don’t we meet over the next few days. I am in mumbai and a stone’s throw from the Strand! :-))

    Sent you an email with my cell number!

    Looking forward to knowing more about your project!

  4. Hi Arun,

    What amazing pictures you’ve taken of the November attacks of Mumbai. I stay very close to the Strand Cinema and I took some px too, but nowhere as superlative as yours.

    I wonder if I may ask you to permit me to use one or two of your pics for my book which I am writing on the subject? Of course, I will credit you with being the photographer. Additionally, perhaps I can request you to write a small piece on this, a first person type of thing, which I would like to include in the book.
    Do write back to me, this will be my fourth book in print( not including a small compilation of spiritual articles which I printed a couple of years ago).
    Do let me know if I need to compensate you for using your pix. If you are still in Mumbai, may we meet at the Radio Club and talk about this?
    Thanks a million, Arun, God bless.
    Lata Jagtiani

  5. Arun,
    That’s a wonderful thing that you are doing. Sorry to have come here after long time was down with viral flu and then there were other health issues that tied me up for 2 long weeks.
    I have always felt fortunate that my parents could provide me with right education and it has always been my dream to sponsor education to girl child. At present we are just working towards the same goal. I wish many come up like you who work to give back what they received from the society.
    Your post is just a reminder that humanity still exists. Good luck to you. BTW the link how to help did not work for me. A lot of sites are blocked here.. we have limited access here. would love to know more about this.

    Arun Says:
    Hi Ujwal – Sorry to hear of your illness; Hope you are feeling better and rested. Wishing you the best in this.

    As you mentioned, we take good education for granted; but when I travel to rural india I see so much silent poverty; folks make do with what they have. They live with dignity! Seeing all this i am moved to do more for them. This is one small way! I hope that with time we can give many such scholarships.

    BTW, how to help is directly off of
    I will copy the info and send it to you in an email!

    Rest and hope you are feeling better.

  6. Thank you SunshineMom for sharing the beautiful things you are doing!

    I think reading out the stories would be a fantastic experience for the kids! I wish you the very best in all that you do!

    And you are absolutely right! There is so much more that we can do for society.

  7. I am collecting good childrens’ books for a vision of mine – hope to give it some shape in the next few years! My dream is a library for slum children and I hope to read out stories and involve local people and supply free books. Presently we are only remotely involved by giving things like clothes, beddings etc. but I too hope to give back society for everything the humanity chain has given me! Reading your post made me feel so warm within – keep up the good work!

  8. Thank you Arun. 🙂
    Well, 2 of your scholarship recipients, secured more than 90 % in the SSC exams!….wow…what a great news Arun…I really feel happy 🙂 At least, I (am) fully aware and understand the importance of potential education. You and ur family have been trying to give something good, back to our society …correct…?

    Take care,
    Sonu 🙂

    From Arun:
    Yes! Lemme tell ya! The two kids getting more than 90% was the most awesome thing that we heard! But it was also sad, coz what happens to the kids when they reach college? We don’t have scholarships for college, so i am trying to get them in touch with other agencies which could help.

    And we need to do more for our society! Always more!

    Thank you Sonu!

  9. Sorry to use your comment section Arun… This message is for Sonu… (it took longer than I expected to get back to her about something that she asked, thatz why I am leaving the comment here, and I don’t have her email)

    Sonu… Can you pls check my comment at the popsicle post?” Thanks!

  10. Great work Arun! You are really devoted social person. Feel glad to hear abt this. You are playing a very important role in others life too…:) Keep it up mate!

    Here, kids pics are so nice…so innocent and full of hopes.

    Sonu 🙂

    arunaH uvaCHa:
    Thank you Sonu!

    Yes! beautiful kids and very bright! From our first batch of scholarship recipients, two students secured more than 90 percentage in the SSC exams! Yaay!

    Imagine the potential of so many more poor kids who don’t have access to good schools.

  11. This is wonderful Arun, I didn’t know you were involved in all this work.
    The children look eager to learn and stay in school. I guess that is a good sign. All the best! 🙂
    Every child deserves a decent education and healthy food.

    arunaH uvaCHa:
    Thank you Anu! I always felt i was fortunate and endowed with so much. With that comes an immense responsibility to share all that we have received. And I try to squeeze in as much as I can.

    You can help out in your own little way too!
    If we all did a little more, I think we can solve this problem.

  12. What a great bunch of kids, they look intelligent!! Your family is doing great job, you should be proud! 🙂

    I wish somebody will take care of those beautiful slumdogs in Mumbai. It’s a tragedy there, man!!! Shucks, I feel so bad for them!!! Every time I see my clean plate, I think of them now!!

    Btw,Trisha got accepted to UNC at Chapel Hill y’day, we are all so happy that she got in where she wanted.

    arunaH uvaCHa:

    Hi Asha – Congrats to Trisha on getting into Chapel Hill; awesome program and close to home too! Yaay!

    Yes, as I travel the length and breadth of India it is a constant sight; beautiful kids usually undernourished, under clotheed and under everything! I wanted to make a small change and started this scholarship program. There are so many more kid all over; and so much more needs to be done!

    And amazingly, I never saw a sulking poor kid! They seem to have a beautiful contentment around them. Om ShantiH!

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