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26 High school seniors receive IACF scholarships worth $35000

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by Shobana Muratee
HOUSTON (May 31, 2017) – It was a very celebratory moment for the 26 high school seniors who received scholarships amounting to $35000 on Tuesday from the non-profit organization Indo American Charity Foundation (IACF) that upholds education as its mission. The Annual Scholarship Day was held at the FBISD Administration Building in Sugar Land where over a hundred people gathered to cheer the recipients from Fort Bend ISD, Alief ISD and SMSD. The scholarships awarded were based on selection by grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, personal essay, recommendation letters, and need to students that had applied. The prestigious David Raj Memorial Award of $2,500 which IACF presents each year to a student pursuing a career in medicine was awarded to Maite Ramos of FBISD who intends to pursue nursing. Other recipients indicated their interests that ranged from medicine, biochemistry, animal science, business, political science, public health, nutrition, engineering, liberal arts and so on.

Dr. Ramesh Cherivirala, introducing the Scholarship Committee at the event. (Photo credit: Roy photography)

Dr. Ramesh Cherivirala, introducing the Scholarship Committee at the event. (Photo credit: Roy photography)

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From far left to right: Saiesh Kalva, Jhanvi Jain, emcees, Dr. Gopala, IACF, Maria Raspberry, Deputy Superintendent of SMSD, Dr. Terry Sheneman, Director, FBISD, Career and College Readiness Program, Dr. Crystal Collins, coordinator of counseling. Dr. Ramesh Cherivirala, Dr. Vanitha and Sreeni Nakirekanti from IACF presenting a token of appreciation to the guests.

The IACF scholarship committee lead by Venkat Iyer and team members: Dr. Ramesh Cherivirala, Joseph Ellankil, Alpa Shah, Dr. Ratna Kumar, Mahesh Wadwa, Dr. Purvi, Nanda Vura, Premankur Cholia (and assisted by Subha Iyer) did an exceptional job on the lengthy processes of selection and review of the applicants, that seem to be growing in numbers each year. Over a hundred people, mainly parents, teachers, administrators, and dignitaries, attended the formal ceremony that had inspirational messages from various dignitaries. City of Sugar Land Councilman (At Large) Himesh Gandhi, former Councilman Harish Jajoo, Fort Bend County District Attorney John F. Healey, Jr., Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, Mayor protem, City of Stafford Ken Mathews and Fort Bend ISD Trustee (Position 5) KP George, Xavier Herrera, Trustee SMSD, Maria Raspberry, Deputy Superintendent, SMSD, Dr. Terry Sheneman, Director FBISD, Career and College Readiness Program, Dr. Crystal Collins, Coordinator of Counseling were among the VIP attendees. IACF Past presidents, heads of IACF’s partnering organizations, supporters and donors were among the presenters on the occasion. The event was efficiently emceed by Saiesh and Jhanvi.

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DA John F. Healey, Jr., addressing the students at IACF Scholarship ceremony.

Dr. Vanitha Poturi. IACF president addressing thegathering at IACF Scholarship ceremony (Photos credit: Roy photography)

Dr. Vanitha Poturi. IACF president addressing thegathering at IACF Scholarship ceremony (Photos credit: Roy photography)

Sharing her comments on the event with her fellow board members, IACF president Dr. Vanitha Pothuri stated, “Isn’t this the true reason why all of us are here on this board? It is to give back to the community with the knowledge of what a certain change can bring to the future of someone’s life. Is that change a grant, a scholarship, a mentorship, a helping hand? It is a change for the better in the life of someone who needs help. We should feel very blessed to have this opportunity to serve the community.”

The Indo-American Charity Foundation has been serving the greater Houston area since 1988 through philanthropic endeavors focused on health, education, and human services. Through scholarships, the IACF supports the hardworking, vastly talented students aspiring to become health care professionals, entrepreneurs, and engineers. The IACF hopes to make a difference in the future of these bright students. For more on IACF visit www.iacfhouston.com/


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