Guidelines and Instructions for Applicants

1. Guidelines for High School Applicants

The scholarship money is for tuition, fees, books or supplies.
An applicant may apply for Outstanding Achievement Award or Academic Excellence Awards or Special Award, or for all.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Graduating in year 2019 from High school in Southern California.
2. One or both parents of Asian Indian origin.
3. Grade requirement: non-weighted GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
4. Received admission to an accredited college/university in the United States.
5. US citizen or a green card holder or son/daughter of an H1B card holder.
See requirements and conditions on the application forms also.

Scholarship Awards
Academic Excellence Awards: Thirteen
1st $2500, 2nd $2000, 3rd $1500, and 10 of $1000 each
First Place winner will also receive “Profiles in Excellence” Revolving Trophy

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Four
$1000 and a revolving trophy in each of the followings:
1-Sports, 2-STEM (Science, Technology, Electronic & Math), 3-Visual & Performing Arts, and
4-Community Service

In each of the above four categories, calculation will be in whole numbers. If there is difference of one point between the top two candidates, the award will be shared and both names will be engraved on the trophy.

****** An applicant may apply for up to two Outstanding Achievement Awards, but must send a separate completed application for each category.

An applicant can win total two awards. If an applicant is a winner in academic category, he/she can have only one outstanding achievement award, even though he/she may be winner in more than one outstanding achievement awards. The organizers use their discretion as to which one category the award is given.

Special Awards:
$200 to every applicant with Perfect score in SAT/ACT/Quiz

Grading for scholarship:

Academic Scholarship Awards
35% GPA, 35% SAT, 5% for difference between weighted and unweighted GPA, 10% Extra-curricular activities, and 15% Quiz (based on material on India and Indian Americans supplied by the Foundation on receipt of completed application).

Outstanding Achievement Awards >>>>> Criteria given on application form

Extra-curricular activities
Many students dedicate time to various “Extra-curricular activities” outside the classroom and devote time for achieving excellence in them. They display passion for, commitment to, and leadership in those activities. The “Extra-curricular activities” category is sub divided into four sub categories, each carrying a weightage of 2.5%, as follows:

1. Sports
2. Special Hobbies (Dance, Music, Painting, Writing, etc.)
3. Volunteerism & Student Government.
4. Miscellaneous (Honors, Awards and anything not covered under the above sub categories).

Documents in support of above categories received during 9-12th grade will be considered in the evaluation process; those received prior to 9th grade, if sent, will be discarded.

2. Guidelines for Middle School Applicants

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Graduating in year 2019 from Middle/Junior high school in Southern California.
2. One or both parents of Asian Indian origin.
3. Grade requirement: GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
4. Must be a US citizen or a green card holder or son/daughter of an H1B card holder.

Awards - Middle School Category -- Twelve
Ten for academic excellence:
1st $650, 2nd $550, 3rd $450 and 7 of $350 each
First Place winner will also receive “IAHF Founders” Revolving Trophy

Two for Visual and Performing Arts
$300 and $250 and India Heritage Plaque

Grading for scholarship:
40% GPA,
30% CAASPP, Star, or similar test (Taken during 7th or 8th grade)
15% Extra-curricular activities and
15% Quiz (based on material on India and Indian Americans supplied by the Foundation).

An applicant can apply for academic excellence or Visual and Performing Arts or both, but must send a separate application for each with all the documents.

The “Extra-curricular activities” category is sub divided into four sub categories, each carrying a weight factor of 3.75%, as follows:

1. Sports
2. Special Hobbies (Dance, Music, Painting, Writing, etc.)
3. Volunteerism & Student Government.
4. Miscellaneous (Honors, Awards and anything not covered under the above sub categories).

Documents in support of above categories received during 6-8th grade will be considered in the evaluation process; those pertaining to grades prior to 6th grade, if sent, will be discarded.

3. General Instructions:

The last date for the receipt of completed applications is March 25, 2019, postmarked.
Incomplete application will be disregarded.
Applications should be sent by mail to:
IAHF, 3818 Gleneagles Dr. Tarzana, CA 91356.
Applications sent by fax or email are not accepted and are discarded.

Quiz
There will be 30 multiple choice questions. About 15 questions will be on the material on India while remaining questions will be on the material on Indians in America.

Quiz shall be given on March 31, 2019. Time and venue will be intimated later.
All questions shall be from the material supplied by the Foundation on receipt of completed application.

Any applicant graduating from high school can apply to take test in quiz even if he/she is not applying for any other award. He/she will get $200 with Perfect score in Quiz and $100 for 90% score or higher in Quiz.

List of winners will be finalized, by April 2, 2019 and applicants will be informed accordingly.

The trophy winner’s name will be engraved on the trophy which the winner will keep in his/her home for about a year.

If there is a tie between the two applicants for the award, the cash award will be equally shared. If the award includes trophy also, trophy will bear both the names.

The annual Heritage Awards will be presented at the Luncheon Banquet at 11:00 AM, Sunday, April 7, 2019, Cerritos Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos, 562-983-3400.

Attendance at the Awards
Attendance at the Awards function is by admission ticket. A winner will be bypassed if he/she is not present at the event or is not accompanied by at least one parent.

Admission Tickets:
In advance: $40/per person; $30/per student or seniors over 62.
At site: $50/per person; $40/per student or seniors over 62.
Prior purchase of admission tickets is strongly recommended for preferential seating.

Participation by parents at the awards event is encouraged. Admission to one winner in the family is free when accompanied by both parents or one parent and another adult, both paying regular admission fee. When only one parent accompanies the winner, both (parent and the winner) pay admission charges.

The winners will be called on the stage one by one to receive the award.

If there is a question, please do not hesitate to send an email to: awards.middlehigh@gmail.com or call 818-708-3885.

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