Inaugurated on Vijayadasami in October 2013, the Swami Dayananda Scholar Programme is designed to encourage under graduate students to excel in their chosen field of study. This scholarship has been instituted by the Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET) that manages our educational projects and other community driven initiatives in Manjakkudi, the birthplace of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
The eligibility of this programme is 80% and above for students in the science stream and 75% and above for students pursuing the arts stream, in each semester. The scholarship amount that works to 50% of the tuition fees is distributed every semester, based on the performance.
Since the launch of the Swami Dayananda Scholar Programme, 133 students have been given scholarships totalling Rs, 9,27,750. (2015-2019).
In 2020, 36 students became recipients of the Swami Dayananda Scholar Programme with the scholarships totalling Rs. 4,56,780. Of this, 14 students (2017-2018 and Semester III and IV) availed scholarships worth Rs. 1,73,600 and another 22 students from the 2018-2019 batch and pursuing Semester I and II bagged scholarships worth Rs. 2,83,180.
What’s is noteworthy is that in the recent past, Indian-American students part of GYLP-2019 (Global Youth Leadership Programme) raised Rs.31 lakhs (USD 45,000) that would go towards supporting deserving candidates in the form of college sponsorships to the 11th standard students of the Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu. This financial assistance would enable them to attend the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu.
Under the Global Youth Leadership Programme participants work with students for two weeks every year in Manjakkudi and partake in cultural exchange.