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Brilliant young minds get scholarship boost

It was in the middle of her geography exam on Tuesday that Chenchulakshmi V, a Class 9 student of St Gregorios High School, Chembur, was told by her principal that she had won the Hindustan Times’ scholarship.

mumbai Updated: Feb 25, 2011 02:02 IST
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It was in the middle of her geography exam on Tuesday that Chenchulakshmi V, a Class 9 student of St Gregorios High School, Chembur, was told by her principal that she had won the Hindustan Times’ scholarship.

“I was in the exam hall and could not jump or yell with joy. This is a turning point in my life and makes me want to work harder,” said the beaming 15-year-old student, who is among the 50 winners of the Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme 2011.

Each winner will receive a cheque of Rs 50,000. Actor Shabana Azmi will give away the trophies and certificates at Shanmukhananda Hall in Sion, on Saturday. The reward and recognition programme for students was announced last December asking schools to nominate students, who had to write an essay on ‘Your ideas to make Mumbai special’.

By January, more than 27,000 applications poured in from 175 schools in the city. HT Mumbai’s resident editor Soumya Bhattacharya and deputy resident editor Pravin Nair interviewed the 150 shortlisted candidates to select the 50 winners.

“It was a delight to interview the children. All of them were very bright and aware. It was good to see how concerned they were about the city, and the ideas they had to make it special,” said Bhattacharya.

“It was heartening to find out that these young children were aware about the damage to our environment and of the need to check pollution,” said Nair.

Vernon Desousa, 13, a Class 8 student of Lilavatibai Podar school, Santacruz, said he wanted to use a part of the scholarship money to create awareness about environment degradation. “I salute Hindustan Times for making us think about doing something for the city,” said the Santacruz resident who plays the piano, violin and the flute and also dabbles in art.

“This is an excellent programme as it recognises and helps nurture talented students,” said Anand Desai, whose daughter Kanchi, also won a scholarship. Kanchi, 14, a Class 9 student of Jasudben ML School, Khar, represented India in the Commonwealth Games 2010, in the 400-metre individual medley swimming event.