Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF)
The Udayan Shalini Fellowships (USF) is a 5 to 6-year program for young women entering the 11th grade focused on creating employable, confident, educated, and independent young women. Udayan Shalini Fellows are young women who are intelligent and motivated but who have limited opportunities because their families make less than $2000 per year.
In India, primary education is free through the public school system until the 10th grade, however tuition is charged from the 11th to the 12th grades. In the lowest economic strata of India, many find this cost unaffordable or unnecessary, especially for girls. Therefore, USF provides financial and mentoring support from the 11th grade through college or vocational training, during which time these young women go through an intensive 5 to 6-year training program.
It only takes $1,300 to support a Shalini over a 5-year period or $260/year to puruse Liberal Arts/Business degrees; and only $2100 to support a Shalini over a 6-year period or $350/year to pursue Science/Computer Science/Engineering degrees.