India Association of Minnesota (IAM) invites applications from Minnesota based High School students to apply for its Annual Student Achievement Awards. These awards recognize High School students who demonstrate excellence in General Academics, Community service, Entrepreneurial leadership & Arts/Sports. This demonstrates IAM’s continued commitment to listen and resonate with the needs of the community.
Awards will be given considering the following 4 categories for demonstrating excellence as described below
Achievement Award Categories:
|Category||Description of Excellence|
|General:|| Well rounded accomplishments, with primary focus on |
|Community Service/Civic Engagement:||Contribution to the Community through leadership in |
Community Service and Civic Engagements
|Entrepreneurial Leadership:||Founder/Co-founder/Leader of an entity (non-profit/profit) |
and/or demonstrated Leadership to promote an entity that
benefits the society at large
|Arts & Sports:||Achievements in any form of Cultural Arts or any Sport|
Selection & Intimation Process:
Applications will be reviewed by an IAM appointed committee, for each of the applied categories
Family members of the review committee are not entitled to apply
Review Committee members will review and rate all valid applications and recommend the names of selected achievement awardees to the IAM President
IAM President will inform the award winners by August 10th, 2021
Decision of IAM will be final and binding
Results may also be published on IAM website (iamn.org) or other communications from IAM
Award recipients will be recognized on Saturday, Aug 14th, 2021 at IndiaFest flag hoisting event at St Paul Capitol Grounds
Applicant must be a legal US resident
Applicant does NOT need to be of Asian Indian origin, but should have been involved with activities/causes related to Asian Indian community
Applicant must have graduated from a Minnesota High School in the year 2021.
Applicant must be a first-time degree seeking freshman in the Fall of 2021 at a four-year degree program in the United States.
Applicant must have completed and submitted all applicable paperwork by the application deadline
Application Submission Checklist
Students can apply for multiple categories - General Academics, Community service, Entrepreneurial leadership & Arts/Sports. However, a student is eligible to receive only 1 award.
Online Application Form, and specify which categories you are applying for
Copy of Official Transcript (can be produced later if not available)
Recommendation Letter from 1 prominent member in the Community familiar with your achievements
One PowerPoint slide of your achievements, providing supporting detail for each category. To clarify, you will need one slide for every category you are applying for.
Write an 500 word essay or record a video or audio recording on “Why You should Receive this Scholarship?
Previous year students
Frequently Asked Questions
I am part Indian. Can I apply?Yes. Even Martians can apply.
I am a continuing student. Can I apply?No. At this time, awards are open only to first-time college degree seeking freshmen.
My parents are here on a special Visa (H1, L1, etc). Can I apply?Yes. There are no immigration status restrictions on who can apply for these awards.
Is there any special consideration for individuals who are physically challenged or disabled?No.
Are there any limitations on the use of the award funds?Yes. The award funds are expected to further the higher education of the selected applicant. The funds can be used to cover only the cost of education, which includes – tuition, fees, books, supplies, living expenses and meals.
Is the award check made out to me or to the school?The check is made out to you, but funds should only be used per stated guidelines.
Is this award taxable?The recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against the award. Please consult your tax advisor for guidance.
Where do I send the completed application?Completed application must be submitted online at http://iamn.org/en/participants/studentaward.