Scholarships for the Needy: 2009 – 2010

kumta needy students

That gift which is given, knowing it to be a duty, in a fit time and place, to a worthy person, from whom we expect nothing in return, is held to be most pure.
~ Bhagavad Gita, 17:20

Several years ago we started these scholarships to support needy girls at the Shanbhag School in Kumta. This year, more friends and family joined in helping us support 48 students (29 girls and 19 boys). We extended beyond our original charter and 40 of 48 students are from other schools in Kumta. With your support we will keep growing and eventually cover ALL needy students in Kumta!

The staff at the Shanbhag School do all the hard work of collecting applications and identifying truly needy candidates. On every trip I also visit a few scholarship recipients in their homes, to partly ensure they are truly needy, but importantly to enlist parents in facilitating a good education for their child.

Here are a few pics of students I took on this recent visit. Above are two sisters we supported. We have supported the older sister for several years. She is also in this post from an earlier visit (fourth pic).

When I called on them, this kid was helping his father in their restaurant along the highway (see next pic).
kumta needy students

Their restaurant is a very simple place on NH-17, catering mainly to day laborers. Life is tough for many. I get to see this first hand and be touched by it. In a way, this nourishes and impels me in all I do. Consider reading this post on the Flower Sellers at Dadar.
kumta needy students highway restaurant

Two more, hanging out in their father’s shop.
kumta needy students



Appended are names of students who received scholarships. Scholarships were granted purely on the basis of need and included full tuition and a daily lunch. And a fabulous lunch it is.

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 Kamakshi PS, Class I
  2. Kumari Harshini KH, Class II
  3. Kumari Kavya UH, Class II
  4. Maruti SP, Class III
  5. Kumari Ranjita NH, Class III
  6. Ganapati PS, Class IV
  7. Aditya NK, Class V
  8. Kumari Nidhi SK, Class V
  9. Nakul NP, Class V
  10. Kartik PS, Class V
  11. Kumari Nidhi BB, Class VI
  12. Srinivas VS, Class VI
  13. Kumari Bhagavati SD, Class VII
  14. Deepesh MN, Class VII
  15. Vishal VS, Class VII
  16. Secondary Students, Shanbhag High School

  17. Kumari Padmavati VS, Class VIII
  18. Kumari Rekha KH, Class VIII
  19. Kumari Akshata SS, Class IX
  20. Kumari Nagaratna VB, Class IX
  21. Kartik BS, Class X
  22. Nagendra KH, Class X
  23. Ramnath GS, Class X
  24. Vinayak AS, Class X


The Gibb High School, Gibb Girls High School, Mahatma Gandhi High Shool, and the Gibb English Medium High School are managed by the Kanara Education Society, Kumta. Since many of these Schools receive government aid, as well as food for their students, their scholarships costs are much lower.

@ the Gibb Girls High School. I have used this pic previously, but beautiful, no?
Gibb Girls High School Kumta

    Gibb High School, Kumta

  1. Ganesh AS, Class VIII
  2. Vivek VN, Class VIII
  3. SPeter D, Class VIII
  4. Vinayak DK, Class VIII
  5. Gibb Girls High School, Kumta

  6. Kumari Malati BH, Class VIII
  7. Kumari Mallika MP, Class VIII
  8. Kumari Shweta AS, Class VIII
  9. Kumari Poojita SN, Class VIII
  10. Kumari Teena KD, Class VIII
  11. Kumari Nisha MS, Class IX
  12. Kumari Soumya SP, Class IX
  13. Kumari Usha UB, Class X
  14. Kumari Jyoti US, Class X
  15. Mahatma Gandhi High School, Chitrigi, Kumta

  16. Kumari Vanita NP, Class VIII
  17. Kumari Hasanbanu MS, Class VIII
  18. Kumari Ganapati NP, Class VIII
  19. Kumari Chandrahas SA, Class VIII
  20. Kumari Swati SP, Class VIII
  21. Kumari Divyashri RN, Class IX
  22. Kumari Lata RP, Class X
  23. Gibb English Medium High School, Kumta

  24. Gajanan GN, Class VIII
  25. Preetam RR, Class VIII
  26. Jasper TN, Class VIII
  27. Kumari Shruddha JS, Class IX
  28. Kumari Atitha MR, Class X


Read more about our Scholarships:

My Posts on Kumta:

My Posts on the Shanbhag School, Kumta


8 thoughts on “Scholarships for the Needy: 2009 – 2010

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  1. A very noble thought..I just loved the bhagavad gita shloka that which is the essence of the post. Sponsoring Education and donating blood is supposed to be very superior gift that one can give other. Very noble cause Arun.I really appreciate your effort towards this

    1. Thank you Ujwal;
      Interestingly, I have been in Gita Classes and a few weeks ago, as I was preparing this post, we came to this shloka. I nearly jumped out of my chair. Perfect!
      BTW, this translation is by Swami Chinmayananda.
      Arun

  2. Thanks much for the post Arun. A very noble cause and kudos to your time and efforts. May you be blessed with the very best. You will see your real fruits in multiple folds in the generations to come.

    1. Absolutely Viji:
      On this visit, a student we had supported through school came to say Hi. He got 90+ % in SSC and is now is college. My hope is to extend the scholarships to college as well.

      Satisfaction enough. and Thanks
      Arun

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