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UVCE Foundation,hosted its annual scholarship award ceremony on December 14, 2013 to distribute need-based scholarships close to Eight lakh Rupees to financially needy UVCE students.

Into its second year, the scholarships program has seen enormous support from alumni in India and abroad, particularly from the Bay Area USA who have organized multiple fundraising events for this program. In 2013 the Foundation is able to give away scholarships to a record 78 students. The scholarship program began last year by supporting 32 students in 2012. One of the scholars Lakshmi of 3rd semester Civil Engineering said “I am truly grateful to UVCE foundation for giving me the scholarship two years in a row which is giving all of us, recipients of this scholarship, a bright source of light in our lives. The criteria for selection were the financial need, family conditions and the academic merit of the candidate. As UVCE draws toward its Centenary in 2017, the alumni want to do their bit to give back to the institution that is the start of their professional life. The goal of the program is to have a sustained annual scholarship award for 150 students of UVCE from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds by the year 2015.

The award function was graced by the Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education, Govt of Karnataka, Shri R.V. Deshpande, who presided over the ceremony, Dr. V K Aatre, UVCE Alumnus of 1961, former Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri is the the Chief Guest. BV Jagadeesh, highly regarded Global entrepreneur and investor and, Chairman, UVCE Foundation US, was the keynote speaker for the occasion. Appreciating the response of the UVCE alumni in rising up to support the program. Jagadeesh said “Its heartening to see the generosity and overwhelming support of UVCE alumni from USA and India to give scholarships to almost 80 students from the poorer section to whom this can make a life changing difference, and to the entire family once the students graduate. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this cause. “

Jointly organized by the UVCE Foundation and the Rotary Bangalore South, the Award ceremony was held on at the SIR MV Auditorium, KEB Association Building, Anand Rao Circle, Bangalore. It provided a great opportunity for the 78 student scholarship recipients, along with their parents and other family members, to meet some of the scholarship donors and to thank the Foundation volunteers for their work in raising these funds. Some of the students spoke on stage expressing their utmost gratitude for the support, and sharing their honest stories and their aspirations for the future. Swathi Baburao, a student of I year, spoke on the occasion ” This scholarship has given me hope and direction. When I get a job, I promise that I will return this and more, to help students like me.

The photos below are from the scholarship award ceremony held on Saturday, 2 pm, 14- December 2013 at the SIR MV Auditorium, KEB Association Building, Anand Rao Circle, Bangalore.

Click here for Scholarship Award Ceremony 2013-14 photos.