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Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Awards

The San Diego Indian American Society was founded on January 14th of 1984 by Professor M. C. Hadhavan with the support of Dr. Wadia, Mr. & Mrs. Waney, Mrs. & Dr. Bharadwaja, Mr. & Mrs. Singh, and others with the objectives of:

• Establishing the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Award to recognize Gandhiji’s contribution to the world and to benefit graduating high school seniors in San Diego;
• Undertaking projects to serve people in both San Diego and India;
• Recognizing meritorious service to the society by an individual in any field in the U.S. and in India;
• Furthering the relationship between India and the United States.

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The Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Awards was established to celebrate the contributions made by Mahatma Gandhi for world peace through non-violence. This scholarship award is open to graduating high school seniors in the San Diego area.

Award Information:

Amount: $1,000 and above; plus a Congressional Certificate
Total Award Amount: $40,000
Number of Scholarship Awards: a minimum of 10
Deadline: May 8
GPA: 3.8
Major: Check official website for more information
Eligible Students: San Diego county high school seniors

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Mail Application Process:

1. Fill out Section I of the application form (
2. Enclose a copy of your official high school transcript.
3. Enclose your SAT score report.
4. Attach your written essay on the topic provided.
5. Write a one-page personal statement telling us about your previous achievements and future plans.
6. Let your school’s Scholarship Counselor fill out Section II.
7. Mail your application and all supporting documents before the deadline to:

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship, SDIAS
8727 Verlane Drive,
San Diego, CA 92119

Online Application Process:

During the Submission Period, you’ll need to register an account at Registration is free. After creating an account, you’ll then need to verify your email address through the registration email sent to the email address you entered on the registration form. After you’ve verified your account, you’ll be able to fill out the online application form.

Selection Criteria:

– Academic achievements
– Community involvement
– Statement of purpose for college
– An original essay on “nonviolent means for conflict resolution”
– Recommendations from teachers
– Financial need
– Educational background of parents

Important Info:

Public Display of Submissions: selected submitted essays will be publicly posted on upon approval. Every submission will only show the applicant’s full name, high school, high school city, and an embedded view of the submitted essay on non-violence. The website will also show the applicant’s personal statement and list of honors/community service.

Selection Process:

A review committee will select the scholarship winners from a pool of nominees from all participating high schools. The committee will comprise of recognized leaders in the fields of education, business, social organization, and past scholarship winners.

Contact Information:

San Diego Indian American Society
8727 Verlene Drive,
San Diego, CA 92119
Website: or

If you have any questions or wish to know more, do not hesitate to call Dr. Madhavan (619) 698-5058 or Dr. Rao (858) 822-1943 or Mr. Seshan (858) 405-3353.

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