A family’s social and economic background typically determines the opportunities a student is likely to get. Let’s face it, not all students are made equal, at least not financially. For middle- and lower-income families, scholarships are the best bet to educate kids in top schools. Besides assuring the students of quality education and bringing future, scholarships also alleviate the burden off the parents so they can take care of other households’ needs.
Scholarships for schools offer needy meritorious students financial support to continue with their education. For instance, pre-matric and post-matric scholarships offer students financial support from minority communities, including Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs, and Jail. GIIS, established in Singapore back in 2002– and now in 23 countries – offers the two scholarships.
On the same, needy students should meet some requirements while applying for either of the scholarships and provide proof, as you will see in detail later in this post.
Pre matric Scholarship: Overview
For decades, the Indian government has been spending a considerable amount to support the minorities in the country. And one way it has initiated this is by offering a scholarship to students to nurture their dreams. The scholarship is regulated by the ministry of minority affairs (MOMA), whose main aim is to support needy students to make their dreams come true.
The Indian government offers pre-matric school education scholarships yearly to alleviate parents’ financial burden. In recent years, many students have dropped out of school due to India’s rising cost of education. Thus, pre-matric scholarship has been of great help and reduces the number of school drop-out rates in the country.
Additionally, parents from minority communities continue sending their children to school. And with increased educational opportunities, the minorities’ social-economic status keeps rising with time.
Pre matric Scholarship: Eligibility
Students should meet a particular criterion to qualify for a pre-matric scholarship like:
- Be in 1st to 10th class.
- Covers either regular classes or distance learning.
- Whether from a private or public school.
- The student’s household income should not exceed INR 1 lakhs.
- Comes from a minority community, as stated by the constitution of India.
- Has the necessary documents including:
- Self-declaration certificate, which proves you are from the minority community.
- Income certificate from the designated state.
- Self-attested copy of the student’s previous academic results.
- Proof that the bank account provided is registered by the student’s name or jointly with the mother or the father.
- Provide a domicile certificate of your respective state.
- Copy of Aadhar Card.
The best part about this school education scholarship is that other than catering for students’ tuition, students similarly receive maintenance allowances.
Post matric Scholarship: Overview
Deserving meritorious students mostly end up giving up on their dreams for lack of financial support. The situation is as a result of the student coming from an economically weaker section. The condition is unfair to such students since it causes wastage of their talents.
For such reasons, India’s government embraced post-matric scholarship to help nurture the dreams of such students.
- Come from either of the minority communities, including the Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs, Parsi, and Jain.
- If you scored 50% and above mark during your previous final examination.
- Covers regular classes.
- For students in classes 9th and 10th.
- Only eligible for Indian students.
- If your parents’ income cannot exceed Rs. 2 lakhs.
- You should have a bank account with a nationalized bank.
You are eligible for a post-matric scholarship, whether a day scholar or hosteller.
Pre-matric and post-matric scholarships, just like other centrally sponsored scholarships, are available on the national scholarship portal (NSP). NSP is a single automated scholarship platform for a receipt, scholarship application, sanction, and disbursal for your information. It homes all the scholarships offered by the central government.
To apply for either pre-metric or post-matric, you need to:
- First, visit the NSP official website.
- Then register as a user by providing all the necessary information.
- You will be required to provide search details as name, gender, date of birth, email ID, and mobile number, then select the scholarship you are applying for.
- Use the OTP sent to your registered phone to verify your mobile number.
- You will use the OTP provided to log in to an NSP account and then fill the form.
- You should save your application ID provided, plus your passwords; you will need them in the future.
- However, you should be extra careful while filling in your details as no changes can be made once you click submit.
You can find more on scholarships on the GIIS scholarship page or the NPS site.
To sum it up, the Indian government has put in place scholarships to help students from minority communities reach their goals. India’s constitution considers the Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, and Jail the minorities in the country. And for decades, post-matric and pre-matric scholarships initiated by India’s government have been of help to deserving students from the minorities.