What is the Aspire Scholarship Fund?
The purpose of the Aspire Scholarship Fund is to establish a need based scholarship awarded to highly meritorious students scoring in the top percentile of competitive exams such as BITSAT & JEE that covers between 50-100% of their entire education costs.
Why do we need it?
We strongly believe that access to the best education and opportunities should be a function of hard work, talent and a desire to learn and should have nothing to do with privilege.
However, we are well aware of the reality of the situation. Every year several students who secure highly impressive scores in BITSAT and other entrance exams but belong to a certain income bracket are often unable to join the institute due to immensely high fees that is increasing at an alarming rate of 15% per semester.
Additionally, while merit-cum-need scholarships exist, students cannot qualify for these until after they complete their first semester, and thus those who truly need access to such scholarships at the time of admission almost always choose to study in some college they can afford to rather than a college they aspire to in. The time has come to make a difference and enable these bright minds to pursue their aspirations – because if we say admission is truly merit based, then they shouldn’t have to worry about affordability.
Who are we?
We are a couple of BITSians who have seen the rise in fees over the four years we studied and have seen how the affordability of the fees has become a hindrance for the deserving candidates. We have personally witnessed students choosing more affordable education over quality education due to lack of sufficient resources and we want to stop that from happening in the future.
Do you really think you can do this?
We understand these are lofty goals, and that change wont come overnight. That’s why for this year we have set the goal of supporting only 3 students taking admission in BITS Pilani in 2018. We know that there will be many we still wont able to help just yet, but at least 3 highly intelligent and deserving students will gain admission to a great institution, access to an amazing peer group and alumni network, exposure to countless opportunities and the ability to transform their lives and that of others.
Let’s make it happen. They’re counting on us!