Hello, everyone. I am Siddharth and have applied for the Silver Scholars programme of Yale, awaiting results.
I realize that the costs of education are really high and have been looking for avenues to fund it. My searches on Google were depressingly unhelpful. Yale itself is a little low on financial aid and I am not banking on its own scholarships as of this moment. The only viable 'scholarship' I could find online was a deferred interest-free loan of upto approximately $35k (super-competitive, obviously).
To get to the point: What are some of the external scholarships opportunities available to me? Also, if I wanted to avail of low-interest loans, are there any recommended bank schemes I should consider?
Score: 780 (Q51, V45)
Undergraduate CGPA (not graduated yet): 9.35/10
CET (Entrance Exam for engineering): 191/200 (State Merit Rank in twenties)
12th Grade: 83.17% (Drop accounted for by a single-minded focus on Engineering-oriented subjects)
10th Grade: 87.14%
- 100/100 in Physics – extremely rare (12th grade HSC)
- 100/100 in Mathematics and 49/50 in Physics (CET)
- Percentage score for Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics in 12th grade= 95.67%
- Highest score in Mechanics in the entire college in the first year (Very reputed Engineering college)
Examples of Leadership & Initiative-taking
- Organized the first Intercollegiate Debate Competition in the college. Managed twenty team members and delivered a classy event within a tight deadline.
- Guided a team of ten with a co-Magazine Secretary over six months; handled the complete designing of the magazine. Introduced many changes in the long-existing format and content of the magazine – well-received.
- Initiated a ‘Speakers’ Club’ in college in my second year. I preside over the club meetings and empathize with the members and provide them with relevant feedback for their soft-skill development. (Running since 3 years)
- Came up with the ‘Quench a Thirst’ initiative. It involved coordinating with a animal welfare NGO for free distribution of earthen pots (reservoirs of water for birds) to students in my college just before the Indian summer months of May and June.
- In a similar vein, helped my friend, who is a Rotaract Club member, to organize a larger project that covered an entire neighbourhood; she, alone with other volunteers, distributed 100+ pots. The project was nominated for the Best Project Award on the District Level.
- Completed a group project of ten members as the leader; the project was hailed to be the best in the class. I facilitated quality control when it came to presentation of the project, both in terms of oration of my colleagues (by helping them practice) as well as the structure of the submitted report.
- Writing poetry and essays
- Playing strategy, resource-management and time-management games like Civilization IV, Roller Coaster Tycoon series and Age of Mythology series
Would be glad to provide you with any other pertinent details.