The North South Fund (NSF) an organisation run by NRIs based in Illinois, USA, offers scholarships of $250 each year to 2,500 students from India. The aim of the programme is to ensure that brilliant students from poor backgrounds get an opportunity to complete their higher education, especially professional courses.
Students are selected after local administrators and members of the fund in America scrutinise the candidates who should have excelled in their academics and entered the higher education institutions with 90% marks or more.
At a recent function at a school in Madurai the speakers told students they must consider the scholarships as an investment and not monetary help, and they should be prepared to give back to society in all possible ways.
Outstanding performers who are orphans or destitute, are given preference in the selection process, and disadvantaged students with the required 90% marks are free to contact the Azhagai Rajam Ramanathan Memorial Trust in Madurai, while students from very poor families are also mentored, tutored and guided through their higher education by the Trust.