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The Upakar Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to helping US nationals of Indian descent attend college by providing tuition scholarships based on academic excellence and financial need. The organization has opened its application window for 2024 Upakar Scholarships. Applicants wishing to apply for a scholarship must submit their applications no later than April 30, 2024.

These Scholarships offer $2,000 per year for Scholars attending a 4-year undergraduate program, and $500 per year for Scholars attending a community college program.

The applicant must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. Financial needs are determined by the family’s adjusted gross income. Scholars must have attained a raw high school GPA above 3.6. As long as a scholar’s GPA exceeds 3.3 in college, Upakar will renew the $2,000 annual scholarship for up to four years. The Community College Scholarships provide $500 per year for up to two years; and if the Scholar transfers to a 4-year program, Upakar will increase its commitment to $2,000 annually until the Scholar has received a total of four years of scholarship support. Upakar Textbook Scholarships are one-time awards of $250.

Upakar has 21 Scholars attending their respective colleges in the 2023-2024 academic year, at various stages in their undergraduate degree programs. The organization was founded in 1997 in the Washington DC metropolitan area to provide highly qualified college-bound Indian American students with need-based tuition assistance so that they could graduate without a crushing burden of college debt.

Upakar has awarded 130 scholarships worth more than $800,000.

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