Achievement Awards

For Kashmiri Pandit College bound students living in USA

Each year KOA grants a one-time achievement award to Kashmiri Pandit College-bound student(s) living in the USA. Any high school senior student meeting the following requirements qualifies to apply for this award:

  • High school GPA of at least 3.5 (out of a maximum of 4.0, i.e., GPA of B+ and above).
  • SAT score of at least 1985 out of 2400 or an ACT composite score of at least 30 out of 36.
  • A two-page essay about Kashmiri Pandit heritage that addresses all of the following:
    • How would you define “Kashmiriyat”?
    • How is your Kashmiri Pandit heritage helping you strengthen your character?
    • How will you be able to inspire the next generation to carry on this heritage?
    • What are you doing to learn Kashmiri language and/or culture?
  • Some evidence of community service.
  • Parents should be KOA members with membership dues paid in the year 2017 (http://koausa.org/koa/join/ )

We invite potential applicants to send their vitae, essay as described above, official ACT/SAT scores and transcript(s) sent directly from the school via e-mail to Professor Sunil Kumar Dhar (sunildhar@optonline.net). All official documents are validated. Prof. Sunil Kumar Dhar is our new program director for KOA’s achievement awards program. He will be assisted by the two following “outside the community” individuals who have agreed to serve as members of KOA scholarship committee:

Membership Dues

Community members are encouraged to become members of KOA. At present, following types of memberships are available (Note: Membership dues have increased for the year 2016 onwards. ):

a) Regular Membership for community members residing in USA

  • Family Membership – $50 per year per family
  • Single Membership – $25 per year per person
  • Senior Membership – $25 per year per senior citizen couple
  • LIFE Membership – $500 for LIFE per family

b) Associate Membership for community members residing outside of USA

  • Family Membership – $50 per year per family
  • Single Membership – $25 per year per person
  • Senior Membership – $25 per year per senior citizen couple
  • LIFE Membership – $500 for LIFE per family

List of College Bound Achievement Awardees in current and previous years

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

None

2012

2011

None

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

  • Sandhya Nakhasi, Potomac, MD

2004

  • Simmi Bhatt, Nanuet, NY
  • Akshay Ganju, Brookline, MA
  • Zitsi Mirakhur, Hudson, OH

PROGRAM DIRECTOR (2016 onwards)

Sunil Kumar Dhar

Sunil Dhar

Professor and Statistics Program Director, Department of Mathematical Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. Volunteer Teacher, for over fifteen years, at Vivekananda  Vidyapith (http://www.vidyapith.org/) – a school that provides character building education to children ages 5 to 18.