A top Indian-American organisation has announced a three-week fully funded scholarship travel-back programme for high school students of Indian descent in America, with the aim of connecting them to their homeland.
About the Indian-American scholarship programme
The scholarship programme is titled ‘Heritage India’ by Indiaspora and powered by 360+.
The motto of the programme is to build connections and foster closer relations between India and their diaspora population, as per a statement released on Wednesday.
The Heritage India project will be monitored by Sridar Iyengar, an independent mentor investor in early-stage start-ups and former chairman and CEO of KPMG India.
He has created youth immersion programmes for a diverse group of students through his non-profit organisation, 360+.
How will the scholarship programme work?
Under the scholarship programme, students will receive fully funded scholarships from Indiaspora to participate in the programme with the theme ‘India’s Riches: History, Culture, Diversity and Democracy’.
The curriculum under the scholarship programme will include interactive exhibits, stimulating discussions and a service project in India.
High school students between ages 15-18 are eligible for the trip to India.
It will be conducted from July 21 to August 10.
Why is this project important?
According to Indiaspora’s Philanthropy initiatives manager, Gabrielle Trippe, one’s heritage is an important part of one’s identity. This scholarship programme will give Indian-descent students in America a potentially life-changing experience.
Second and third generation Indian families who have lived away from their native culture and heritage do not feel as connected to their roots. This programme is believed to be able to bridge the gap for such students.