The SDEF Scholarship 2023-24 is open to students who are enrolled in any undergraduate or postgraduate program at a recognized university in India. The scholarship amount ranges from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per year and is renewable for up to three years.
The Swami Dayanand Education Foundation (SDEF) is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to meritorious students from low-income families in India.
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About the SDEF Scholarship 2023
The Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship Scheme has been introduced to assist poor and meritorious students pursuing Engineering, Medical and Architectural Courses in various India.
The amount of Scholarship for different categories is as follows:
- 1. Smt. Shyam Lata Garg Scholarships
- 2. Sh. Anand Swarup Garg Memorial Scholarships
- 3. Sh. Ram Lal Gupta Memorial Scholarships
- 4. Smt. Shanti Devi Memorial Scholarships
- 5. Sh. Ram Ji Lal Memorial Scholarships
There are 200* scholarships offered in the above categories. 30% of the total scholarships are reserved for women candidates.
Students pursuing full-time/regular courses in the institute/College recognized by the AICTE/State Education Board/MCI. Only students studying in 1st year or second year are eligible to apply for the scholarship (except for renewal of scholarships).
Candidate should be studying in the Govt. College and selected private colleges* for which they have taken admission by passing the Competitive Examination conducted by Central/State Boards. (A proof of rank will be submitted for applying for scholarships).
The gross annual income of a family of the candidate from all sources should not be more than Rs. 6.00 lakhs per annum. Students having the lowest family income shall be given preference in the ascending order. Income certificate should be issued from appropriate civil authorities of the State/UTs/Central Governments whose details have been specified under the head ‘Submission of Documents by Applicants’.
Any Affidavit submitted as Income Proof shall not be accepted.
Candidate must have secured 85% marks in the 12th class.
The grade Point Average should be at least 7.5 on a 10-point scale system.
The candidates should not be availing or intend to avail of any other financial assistance/scholarship from any other source. However, in case of students getting fee waiver/reimbursement of tuition fees are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
There are 200* scholarships offered in the following categories:
Smt. Shyam Lata Garg Gold Scholarships – Rs. 30,000 per annum (5 each) – restricted to students with a GPA of 9.5/95% or top five positions in the merit list
Smt. Shyam Lata Garg Silver Scholarships – Rs. 25,000 per annum (10 each) – restricted to students with a GPA of 9/95% or top ten positions in the merit list
Sh. Anand Swarup Garg Memorial Scholarships – Rs.25,000 per annum (40 each)
Sh. Ram Lal Gupta Memorial Scholarships – Rs.20,000 per annum (40 each)
Smt. Shanti Devi Memorial Scholarships – Rs.20,000 per annum (45 each)
Sh. Ram Ji Lal Memorial Scholarships – Rs.15,000 per annum (60 each)
*30% of the total scholarships offered are reserved for women applicants.
Copy the 10th, and 12th Marksheets. Second and Third-year students will also submit their semester-wise marksheets.
First-year students will submit a copy of the Admission letter mentioning the rank, based on which they have been admitted to the college.
Copy of Fee Receipt
Two recent passport-size photographs were taken in the last six months.
Certificate of family income / BPL certificate / Certificate from local panchayat office for proof of annual family income / ITR
Address proof/AADHAR ID /Copy of ration card
Terms & Conditions
Selection of Scholars will be on the basis of merit and family background such as the percentage of marks obtained in the course and the annual income of the family. Eligible Students having the lowest income shall be given preference in the ascending order.
The decision of the Foundation with regard to selection will be final. No correspondence on the selection process will be entertained.
Selection of candidates will be made on the basis of merit. The Foundation has the discretion to alter or discontinue the scholarship without any notice.
The eligible students will be intimated through email or at the address mentioned in the form.
The award of the scholarship shall not confer any right of employment with any company.
The scholarship will be paid in two installments.
The foundation reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship awarded to any eligible candidate and seek repayment of any monies already paid, through all legal means, if such eligible candidate (a) is found to have misled the foundation, about any aspect of his/her eligibility (b) if it is found that there is any discrepancy or misrepresentation in any of the documentation/information provided by such eligible candidate.
The foundation in its sole discretion may change the terms and conditions, selection criteria, selection process and/or withdraw or increase or decrease the scholarship amount at any time without giving any prior notice.
(a) The gross family income criteria is Rs. 6,00,000 per annum. Gross income refers to the income before deductions for taxes or other purposes.
(b) In addition to gross family income, the education and occupation of parents as well as family members including elder brother(s) and sister(s), the family’s living conditions and the total expenses being incurred by the family on the applicant’s education will be taken into consideration for determining the financial eligibility of an applicant.
(c) Applicants who are the first graduates of the family will be preferred over applicants who are the second or third child of the family taking up graduation.
(d) Where parents of applicants are employees, may submit Form 16 or ITR return as proof of income.
(e) Where parent(s)/guardian(s) are retirees/pensioners, a pension statement from the pension authority and/or from an authorized bank showing the gross monthly pension of the family member, inclusive of any supplementary allowances and before any deductions is required.
Pensioners should also provide documents to show the official status or designation, gross salary drawn at the time of retirement and the name of the employing organization.
If the parent/guardian has recently retired under a voluntary retirement scheme, reasons for retirement, and amount of lump sum benefits received on retirement should be disclosed.
(f) Where parent(s)/guardian(s) are agriculturists or have farming or cultivation as their source of income, an income certificate from a recognized or competent authority should be submitted. Details of the nature and size of the land holding, crops grown, etc. wet or dry land irrigation should also be provided.
(g) Where parent(s)/guardian(s) are in business or self-employed, income certificate issued by any government authority or the income tax return should be submitted in support of the gross family income specified in the application.
Specific details of the nature and size of the business or self-employment should also be provided.
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How To Apply?
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What is the SDEF Scholarship?
The SDEF Scholarship is a scholarship program offered by the Swami Dayanand Education Foundation (SDEF) to meritorious students from low-income families in India. The scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in any undergraduate or postgraduate program at a recognized university in India.
What are the benefits of the SDEF Scholarship?
The SDEF Scholarship offers a number of benefits to students, including:
Financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and other educational expenses.
Access to mentorship and support from SDEF staff and volunteers.
Opportunities to participate in SDEF programs and events.
The chance to network with other talented and motivated students.
How to write a strong SDEF scholarship application?
When writing your scholarship application, be sure to:
Highlight your academic achievements and extracurricular activities.
Explain why you are passionate about your studies and what you hope to achieve with your education.
Demonstrate your financial need.
Proofread your application carefully before submitting it.