Staff Reporter

Merit scholarships distributed to students

  • More than 200 applications received this year
  • Total number of scholarships will be 14 annually

    CHENNAI: The kindness of strangers helped Muthuraman S. Iyer pursue his intermediate course in Kumbakonam while staying at a choultry and graduate from the College of Engineering, Guindy, in the 1950s.

    He decided to pass on the favour when he retired as Chief Engineer from the Bechtel Corporation in the United States. After discussions with like-minded classmates, the Sophia Merit Scholarships came into being in 1999.

    The advisory committee in India, that has now expanded to form a trust of its own, distributes the scholarships.

    The formal inauguration of the Sophia India Trust and distribution of scholarships for the eight successive year were held here on Saturday.

    `Gift of education'

    N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu group of publications, gave away the scholarships and felicitated the organisers for giving the `gift of education' to the deserving.

    C.S. Ramachandran, member, advisory board, Sophia Merit Scholarships, briefed the audience on the story of the Sophia Scholarships and welcomed contributions.

    The Sophia Trust advertises in August or September, inviting applications from students who have secured admission in engineering or medical courses and are unable to finance their studies. It has received more than 200 applications from across the country this year.

    More than 50 scholarships have been distributed so far. With the Indian trust adding 6 scholarships to the 8 given by their American counterpart this year, the total number of scholarships available will be 14 annually.

    Besides these, the trusts also give away scholarships in the names of donors who sponsor a year's education

    The Sophia Merit Scholarships India can be contacted at 2377 5529 or log on to