The Indian American Heritage Foundation was founded in 1987 as the Indian American Cultural & Educational Foundation, to recognize, honor and reward Indian American high school graduates in Southern California, for their outstanding performance and achievements.
High school graduation is an important milestone in the life of students. So, recognition and reward was limited to students graduating from high schools. In 1998, the scope was expanded to include middle school graduates.
The charter program also included a lively seminar on issues affecting high school graduates and college freshmen. After a few years, due to lack of interest, the organization of seminar was discontinued.
Prof. Chookolingo of Pierce College, Woodland Hills gave seed money of $5000. Over the years, the Indian community lent its support to make the annual program successful, and the winners of scholarships have gone on to pursue fruitful academic careers.
In 1989, India-West Publications joined hands with the organization to start the program in Northern California. In 1998, Niraj Baxi took over the leadership of the program. Two years later, the program was discontinued for lack of sponsorships.
In Southern California, the annual program has been nurtured by the founder Inder Singh and the successive event organizing teams have been helping organize the event.
The Annual India Heritage Awards Function is a family oriented program where High School and Middle School graduates are honored for their outstanding achievements.
Indian American Heritage Foundation
3818 Gleneagles Drive
Tarzana, California 91356
Phone: (818) 708-3885