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What We Do
Vahani Scholarship nurtures and funds individuals with exceptional and untapped capability to study at top Universities across India for an undergraduate degree.

Who We Are

Children who have had to suffer the violence of poverty and prejudice from the day they were born to develop inner strength; their demand for life and their need to survive, gives birth to a spirit of innovation second to none.
That spirit, when recognised, cared for and mentored is a massive power source, a power that will promote the individual and change society. At Vahani we believe that we can achieve this only through education.

​Vahani Scholarship is a non-profit organisation that recognises the importance of opening doors for the exceptionally brilliant underprivileged children in India. Our mission is to send Indian students who come from extenuating circumstances to the top universities across India. We take a two-pronged approach: full financial support combined with holistic development.

By creating a close-knit community of scholars with exceptional talent, we hope to create leaders who will be the inspiration and agents of change in their local communities. We have no religious or political affiliations.

We created Vahani as we saw a gap in support for higher education. We provide close mentorship to each student through our board members and network of professionals in Delhi. This includes guidance in the selection of colleges, courses and internships. Senior Vahani Scholars mentor the new scholars closely, building a family like community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate education to 30 children per year from India by funding and training them to attend the top universities across India. We hope to bring about a change in their home communities and seek to build a network in every state in India.

We believe in a holistic approach by mentoring these exceptional children so that their talent is harnessed to become future leaders in the public, private, non-profit sectors and in their home communities.

Our Vision

To create an India where the most gifted children flourish, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race or gender.

Marshalling gifted underserved students and committed educational philanthropists, we will enable such an ideal to manifest.

Who can apply for the scholarship?

The scholarship is open for students studying in the 12th grade and who will appear for the Board Examination next year, who have scored 85% or above in 10th and 11th Board Examinations and are applying for an undergraduate degree in India.

What is the eligibility criteria to apply?

It is a merit cum mean scholarship, the applicant's family annual income should be less than 1.5 lac per annum. The applicant should have scored 85% or above in the 11th standard and 10th Board Examination.

How can one apply and where can one find the application form?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for the scholarship by filling up the application form, it is free of cost. Application forms can be filled in online on our website. Please be sure to go through the Application Process page before doing so.

When are the applications forms available and what is the last date of submission?

The forms open in September every year and the last date of submission is 1st December of the same year.

Which universities/institutions are covered for the scholarship?

All top Government Universities or Government Recognised Universities/Colleges. In addition, the scholarship on very rare cases supports some exceptional Private Universities. The selected scholars are counselled during their admission process to identify the best course and college suitable for them. The scholars need to verify and get approval from the Vahani Scholarship Board before seeking admission in any university/college.

What does the scholarship support?

Vahani Scholarship will support the scholar's full tuition fee for the entire duration of the course. The scholar receives a fixed stipend as travel allowance, College Text books, hostel/PG rent, in case the scholar moves out and food. In addition, the scholar receives a stipend to purchase a laptop and fully covered return journey back and forth from home once in a year.

How and when are the short-listed candidates for interviews informed and are the rejected candidates also informed?

All candidates are informed about whether they have been selected by mid-December through email or phone calls. Short-listed candidates will be given the date for their interviews during this time.

Can the interviews be held by telephone or through video conference, in case the candidates are out of the station?

Shortlisted candidates are required to attend the personal interviews along with one guardian in Delhi and The travel expense is reimbursed. However, if the shortlisted candidate is not able to attend the interview, there are provisions for interviews through telephone or video conference.

What are the documents to be brought at the time of interview?

At the time of the interview the following documents are required:

  • ​Original 10th and 11th Marksheet
  • Original income cerificate issued that year
  • Original certificates (those mentioned in the form by the applicant)
  • 2 passport size photos


Are there any conditions applied for the scholarships after the selection?

Yes, there is a condition applied for the scholarship. After the interview, if one is selected they are offered a conditional scholarship. The scholar needs to maintain 85% or above in 12th Board Examination and once at University must maintain above-average grades in.

What are the personal development opportunities offered to the scholar?

Listed below are the primary opportunities offered by Vahani Scholarship:
Personal and Professional Development workshops, 1-1 Mentoring and Career Counselling, Summer Internships at some of the best organisations, English Language Programme, Mental Health/ Psychological Support.

Are loans also available for special courses/training in India?

No. The scholarship does not have any provision for loans.

Does the scholarship only apply to certain undergraduate degrees?

No, the scholarship apply’s to any full time under graduate degree. The scholar may choose any stream as per his/her interest.

Are there any political or religious associations?



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