The makers of the SAT, along with partner Indian universities, seek to expand higher education to India’s most needy
Mumbai, Tuesday, October 9, 2018:The College Board, a U.S.-based educational non-profit, announced the launch of the College Board India Scholars Program today at its India Global Higher Education Alliance Forum. The Forum was a gathering of universities and secondary schools from across India and the world that focused on Indian university admissions and enrolment. Students who take the SAT and score highly will be recognized for their achievement, while low-income, high-achieving students can earn full-tuition scholarships to Indian member universities of the Alliance.
LindaLiu,VicePresidentofInternationalat theCollegeBoardsaid, “We are pleased to partner with India Global Higher Education Alliance member universities in India to expand access for underprivileged students in the country. By accepting the SAT as an entrance exam, Alliance members will simplify the application process for students across India, and the associated fee reductions for testing and scholarships will make a high-quality undergraduate education a possibility for high-achieving, low-income students throughout India.”
There are three simple steps for students in India to qualify as a College Board India Scholar:
Step 1: Take the SAT
To be considered as a College Board India Scholar, students simply need to take the SAT in grade 12. For the inaugural year, the October, December, and March exam scores will be used as qualifying exams for the Merit cum Means based scholarships. All SAT administrations will count as qualifying exams for subsequent years.
To ensure low-income students are able to sit for the SAT, the College Board has engaged Buddy4Study, India’s largest scholarship platform to distribute SAT fee reductions to low-income students across India. The reductions for year one of the program will bring the test fees to INR 0 for students from families with annual household income less than ₹6,00,000. To apply for a fee reduction, students should visit www.buddy4study.com/collegeboard.
Step 2: Earn “Top Performer” Status
All students in India who achieve above a score of 1350 (out of 1600) on the SAT will be designated asCollege Board India Top Performersevery April. Top Performers will receive a communication via the email address provided during registration with further instructions on how to apply for the scholarship.
Step 3: Low-income “Top Performers” Applyto a participating member university of the India Global Higher Education Alliance
Top Performers from households that earn less than INR4,00,000 per year may apply to beCollege Board India Scholarsand earn full tuition scholarships to participating Alliance member universities in India.