I come from Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Growing up, the condition of schools around me bothered me a lot. By the time I completed my B.Tech., I was convinced I want to work towards better educational opportunities for children of disadvantaged backgrounds. My family supported my decision to join an NGO even though the stipend was only Rs 3000 per month and my father was unemployed at that time. I stayed back in the sector and have been working for more than five years now. Following are some examples of my work:
To further my work, I want to become an adept leader who understands the nuances of the public policy space and is able to mobilise people towards bringing change. I hence decided to study public policy and management and targetted top universities globally as the field of public policy in India is still budding. Studying at Columbia will provide me with a number of skills like policy and program evaluation and NGO leadership. Furthermore, the reputation of the university will help me greatly in areas like advocacy, fundraising and partnerships when I start my own organisation. The opportunity is unmatched which will help me greatly increasing the scope of my work.
Because of the high tuition fees and living costs in New York, I wouldn't have been able to attend without a scholarship. Fortunately, I received a scholarship as high as $90,000 from the university. I was ecstatic when I got the news, however, this was short-lived.
Tuition fees: Rs. 88 Lakhs approx
Other expenses (Accommodation, food, etc.): 45 Lakhs approx
The estimated expense for one year is also given here on the University website
Scholarship: Rs. 65 Lakhs
Family: Rs. 5 Lakhs
Loan: Rs. 25 Lakhs
Remaining: Rs 38 Lakhs
Since I am also planning to work part-time, I am trying to raise Rs 28 Lakhs out of the deficit.
Throughout my life, I have chosen impact and learning over my finances. I worked on a stipend in Delhi for a year. Again in 2019, I picked a lower-paying opportunity despite having a better offer. Even now, going to Columbia is not only for my professional development but also for the personal satisfaction that I’ll be able to impact at a much larger scale. While I understand that education abroad is not a must, it definitely will empower me immensely. So far, I haven’t let my finances come in the way of my impact and learning, now I am appealing to you to help me in continuing the same.
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