In the Scholarship Made for India’s Less-fortunate Entrants (“SMILE”) program, our recipients come from a segment of the population who are underserved and can barely afford basic necessities on a very small income. Yet, these students are extremely motivated to get through high school, an opportunity very few receive. With proper education, these bright and passionate students can go to college and break the cycle of poverty their families have seen for generations.
Lily Foundation encourages our selected families to help others in their community while they receive help from the foundation.
To view past award recipients, click here.
For High School Students
Selected high school students (grades 9-12) of India and neighboring countries are awarded a monthly stipend of Indian Rs. 600/- throughout their high school years. Award is based on both need and merit (merit-cum-means). Annual academic achievement, judged by grades and overall academic performance in school, will determine award eligibility for the following year. A Mentor Evaluation as assessed by the student’s assigned mentor helps us track the student’s general progress and activities during the year.
For College Students
Selected college students (starting from first-year college) of India and neighboring countries are awarded a monthly stipend of minimum Rs. 1500/- throughout their college years. Award is based on both need and merit (merit-cum-means). Annual academic achievement, judged by grades and overall academic performance in school/college, will determine award eligibility for the next year. The student may be asked to return half of the award money in zero-interest easy installments beginning one year after graduation when he/she should have found a job. The money thus realized will be used for re-gifting to new students.
A special sponsorship program has been set up, where an individual can sponsor a seat in high school for five, ten or twenty years starting at just $800. Please contact us to learn how you can get involved.
Adopt a Student
After submitting the form above, please visit our Donate page to complete payment or send check to:
Lily Foundation, P.O. Box 59824, Dallas, TX 75229