Avantika Mehra, a student of our IBDP Class of 2017, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships in the United States. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia selected Avantika Mehra as one of 36 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship. She will commence her studies in August 2017, at the University of Virginia.
In order to be named a Scholar, candidates must undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process. This year, more than 2,000 students were nominated for the Scholarship, 120 finalists were invited to take part in a four-day competition at U.Va., which included seminar discussions, essay and mathematics examinations, as well as interviews conducted by U.Va. alumni and faculty.
The 36 selected recipients of the 2017 Jefferson Scholarship boast a number of significant achievements and Avantika Mehra is no exception. During her time at our school, besides her many academic and non-academic achievements, she founded two start ups: Edudough – an online platform to collect funds for needy students aspiring to receive higher education and Techstart – connecting with NGOs to teach underprivileged students how to code, active in Mumbai and other cities across India.
In addition to receiving the full cost of attending the University for four years, Jefferson Scholars benefit from a number of enrichment programs sponsored by the Foundation, including travel abroad, career networking activities, an outdoor challenge program and a leadership speaker series.