Dream come true for 17-year-old girl Sudeeksha Bhati who hails from a small village in UP when she got Rs 3.80 crore scholarship to study in a college in the US.
Daughter of a tea-seller and a first-generation learner, this Humanities student scored a stupendous 98% in her Class XII exams, topping her district. From a small village in Bulandshahr district, Sudeeksha is one of the few girls in her village who had the chance to not only pursue college but receive an education. She received a full scholarship to study four-year entrepreneurship course at the prestigious Babson College in Massachusetts, USA.
Her journey from Bulandhshahr to Babson was never easy. Sudiksha Bhati, whose father runs a small tea shop in Dhoom Manikpur village in Bulandhshahr, was forced to drop her school in 2009 due to financial constraints. She was expelled from a private school when she was nine years old as her father could not pay the fee. Her relatives were against her education because in their community, to send a girl child to study was not allowed.
She was a student of VidyaGyan School, an initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. She studies till Class V in a government primary school in her village, Dhoom Manikpur, but her bright academic credentials convinced her father to promote her to prepare for the entrance exam to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Vidyagyan Leadership Academy in Bulandshahr. In 2011, Sudiksha got admission in VidyaGyan academy to study free of cost till Class XII.
It was a summer academic programme at the Iacocca Institute in Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in July 2016, which led Sudiksha to dream of going abroad. She was one of the 76 students from India selected by the institute. In 2017, Sudiksha set for the SAT exam and got a good score.
As per Sudiksha Bhati, ” I learned that God helps those who help themselves. It was due to the strong profile that I built during the last few years that I was able to win the scholarship. I was actively involved in various activities all through my senior school years.”
She is now waiting for her visa for a 4-year entrepreneurship.