Congratulations to Raj Desai and Harshil Trivedi – 2020 Vraj Youth Scholarship Winners!

Welcome to the Vraj Youth Scholarship. This page is for those applying to the Merit, Scholar, and or the Community Service scholarships. Applicants are allowed to apply to more than one scholarship but should remember to complete all required questions and essays per scholarship. If any parts of the application are not completed the application will be disqualified. Please fill out and submit the following form by February 14, 2020, to be considered for the award. All applications will be assessed on completeness, accuracy, and content by our experienced panel of judges. If you have any questions, please contact Jharna Jassal at vycscholarship@gmail.com.

The Vraj Youth Scholarship was first established in 2006 in order to honor and encourage well-rounded youth in their educational endeavors. The scholarship started with one $500 undergraduate award in 2006, and now has grown to three $1,000 awards open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students showing exceptional academic achievement and promise, as well as demonstrated interested and practice in volunteer and community services, are asked to apply. The Vraj Youth Scholarship is strictly merit-based; demonstrated financial need is not necessary. 


Types of Scholarships

  • Merit Scholarship:  is for rising and current Undergraduate Students.  The Merit Scholarship is awarded to a well-rounded VYC member that will be or is already enrolled in an undergraduate program based on merit. The scholarship will be evaluated on academic achievement, but extracurricular activities and participation in Vraj events are also considered. The minimum GPA requirement for applicants is 3.0.
  • Scholars Award: is for Graduate Students. The Scholars Scholarship is awarded to a well-rounded VYC member that will be or is already enrolled in a graduate program based on merit. The scholarship will be evaluated on academic achievement, but extracurricular activities and participation in Vraj events are also considered. The minimum GPA requirement for applicants is 3.0.
  • Community Service Scholarship: is for rising and current Undergraduate and Graduate Students.  The scholarship is awarded to a VYC member who demonstrates their commitment to the community around them.  The Community Service scholarship will be evaluated on the number of hours of service and the type of service provided. Academic standing and participation in Vraj events is also considered. At a minimum, the applicant must have volunteered at least 5 Vraj or VYC events and served 160 hours of community service in the 2018-2019 calendar years.

Previous Winners

2019

Merit Scholarship: Vrusha Shah
Community Service: Reeti Parikh
Scholars: Bhairav Mehta

2017

Merit Scholarship: Reshma Parikh
Community Service: Maya Patel
Scholars: Darshan Bhalodia

2016

Merit Scholarship: Jash Mirani
Community Service: Sonali Patel
Scholars: Hena Vora

2015

Merit Scholarship: Ayush Parikh
Community Service: Ami Gadhia
Scholars: Devika Gandhi

2014

Merit Scholarship: Parth Shah
Community Service: Bhavik Parikh
Scholars: Swati Shah

2013

Merit Scholarship: Aastha Choksi
Community Service: Anish Patel
Scholars: Chirag Sheth

2012

Merit Scholarship: Vinay Shah
Community Service: Avisha Shah
Scholars: Megh Trivedi


Information for Donors

If you are interested in supporting the Vraj Youth Scholarship’s mission of encouraging youth in their educational undertakings, please consider donating to the Vraj Youth Scholarship Fund.  As our committee and youth following grows, we strive to support them as much as possible.  We plan on increasing our scholarship awards in the years to come, but unfortunately, this goal is not one that can be achieved on our own.   With your help, however, our goal of starting a Vraj Youth Scholarship Endowment Fund should not be greatly out of reach.  Your donation will be deeply appreciated, not only by the Vraj Youth Committee, but also by every struggling student whose scholarship award provides a slightly easier road to paying for a prestigious college education[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]