The Scholarship and Educational Fund
This is a general fund available for Auroville students in financial need aged 17 to 24 who have studied in Auroville schools for at least 5 years, and who wish to study beyond the Secondary School level on courses not available in Auroville. There are two sub-funds, one a revolving loan fund and the other a fund for grants.
Recognizing that Auroville at its present
size does not offer sufficient options for vocational learning and higher
studies, and that there are many young Aurovilians who feel the need to pursue
such studies but cannot afford the implied costs and fees, a few Aurovilians have
come together to create this scholarship fund, called the Scholarship and
Educational Fund (SEF). It is in existence as a sub-unit under SAIIER since
January 2009. The members of SEF regard the support given to Auroville youth
for formal education outside Auroville as a valid contribution to Auroville’s
growth and future.
Within the context of Mother’s vision of
Auroville as a place for unending education and of an integral education
towards the psychic and spiritual development of men and women, there is a
challenge to support and to create formal and informal options of education.
SEF has set itself the following aims:
- To help in creating educational and
training opportunities inside and outside of Auroville.
- To fundraise and operate as a fund for education
of Auroville youth inside and outside of Auroville.
- To help in creating equality of
opportunities for Auroville youth.
- To work towards finding optimal
educational options in consideration of the needs and potential of the
- The financial needs of the student and
the student’s family; and
- The applicant’s motivation to take up
particular studies or training or to undergo exams.
- Academic merits are no criterion for
funding support, but they may be taken into consideration for the assessment of
intellectual aptitude and motivation of a student.
Students are interviewed and cases are
assessed in group meetings of the SEF executives and support group members (in
April 2011 there were ten Aurovilians). Meetings are being held approximately
monthly. The SEF is being run without any administrative expenses or charges;
executives and support group members contribute in time and material as per
Funds are released as interest-free loans
expected to be repaid five years after the student has completed her/his
studies and if and when receiving salary or remuneration. In case of full
integration into and contribution to Auroville’s communal life, this
contribution may be regarded as repayment in kind.
Thanks to contributions from within and from outside of Auroville, in its two first years of operation SEF has supported 22 students, either for their “British” exams which are equivalent to a baccalaureate, or for studies in colleges and universities, mainly in India.
The fund is run by members of the community who come from various areas of work and backgrounds.
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