Prestigious scholarships and awards provides excellent monetary support and social recognition. More importantly, these scholarships raise student’s confidence levels and greatly improve his/her CV when they apply for colleges or even for jobs. Some of these scholarships are recognized globally and can open doors to international colleges too.

Many of us are not aware of these scholarship schemes and opportunities.Therefore Easyshiksha brings you a list of top 5 scholarships and awards for school students in India.

1) Foundation For Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA):

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About the scholarship: FAEA provides scholarships for students belonging to socially and economically disadvantaged sections of the society. It enables students to study in the institutions, which provide academic excellence and economic opportunity. Students are selected on the basis of their academic excellence and social and economic background. Scholarship Program will provide support to the students selected for up to three years in the first instance. This can be extended for another two years for postgraduate study .
Conducting body: Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access
Eligibility: Applicants should be an Indian and a permanent resident of India and should have passed Class XII examination from a recognized Indian Board. The final selection will, however, be subject to the student securing certain minimum scores in Class XII examinations and interview results.
How to apply: Application can be made online at

2) Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) –

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About the scholarship: SHE provides a scholarship of Rs. 80,000/ year per candidate for a maximum period of five years starting 1st year course in B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons) or integrated course. It is the most sought after scholarship of students undertaking Natural and Basic Sciences.
Conducting body: Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
Eligibility: The candidate applying for the scholarship could be any of the following –
  • Students who happen to be among the top 1% in 12th standard at their respective Board Examinations and are pursuing courses in Natural and Basic sciences at the B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc. levels.
  • Students who have secured in the Joint Entrance Examination of IIT top 10,000 ranks, AIEEE (top 10,000 ranks) plus those clearing AIPMT (top 10,000 ranks), and who also opt to study Natural and Basic sciences in any academic institute.
  • Students admitted to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences (DAE-CBS) at the University of Mumbai or happen to be Kishore VaigyanikProtsahanYojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and Science Olympiad Medalists, opting to undertake courses in the Natural & Basic sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc.
How to apply: Application Formalities can be completed on the website.

3) Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS) –

About the scholarship: SEATS is conducted by Depart of Science and Technology every year under the umbrella program of INSPIRE (Innovation in Science & Pursuit for Inspired Research). The program encourages students to make a science project and demonstrate it. Each student gets an amount of Rs 5,000 for making a Project and transportation cost for displaying the exhibits/ project in the exhibition. The certificate is highly recognized and prized.
Conducting body: Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
Eligibility: Open to students of class 6 to 10.
How to apply: The school will have to nominate name of the participating student. Usually Principal or Head master at the school have to propose the name.

4) Amul Vidya Shree and Vidya Bhushan Awards –

About the scholarship: Amul Vidya Shree Award is India’s first award of recognition to the meritorious rankers of Class 10 in the State Board/ Central Board/ ICSE Examinations, while Amul Vidya Bhushan Award is for meritorious students of class XII. The winner would be featured in India’s leading newspaper and would get national recognition in addition to receiving a memento, a certificate of excellence and a gift hamper of books.
Conducting body: Amul
Eligibility: Students who have just passed their 10th boards or 12th board exams.
How to apply: The application form is to be submitted by the school Principal.

5) CSIR Innovation Award for School Children –

About the scholarship: CSIR Award is an award initiated to create awareness, interest and motivation for intellectual property amongst children. The award consists of 30 prizes, the first prize being 1 lakh rupees
Conducting body: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
Eligibility: Any Indian student enrolled in an Indian school below the age of 18 years as on 31st July is eligible.
How to apply: Applicant must provide the details of the innovation along with the abstract and sent through the Principal / Head of the School along with personal details.

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