Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship

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Notes: To be able to receive a scholarship from Google and to visit the Youtube Headquarters while in college is phenomenal. Do not look left or right, jump straight in and give it a shot.
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* 2018 Venkat student scholarships are open now. Deadline July 6th, 11:59PM, 2018.

Introduction

About Venkat

Google offers a financial award of 750 USD towards tuition and education related expenses, and will be invited to visit the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, USA. Every year Google offers the Venkat Memorial Scholarship to 6 students from India pursuing Computer Science or a closely related field. Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship

At silicone valley, you can:

Duration:- one week of which 3 days of scheduled event.

1. Visit Youtube headquarters 2. Visit Google office and interact with members of community 3. Visit Stanford Campus 4. Android park visit

Reward

Selected students will receive a financial award of 750 USD towards tuition and education related expenses, and will be invited to visit the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, USA. Selected students will also have an opportunity to submit a proposal, and potentially receive a funding of up to 225 USD to spend on growing computer science in the local community.

Eligibility

Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college/university in India, for the 2017-­18 and 2018­-19 academic year

Be currently pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field

Application

Application Process

To complete the application, you will require the following

General information about you.

1. The first question is the Essay question 1.

Take a look at the guidance email in our wiki page on this topic if you need clarifications. Make sure the word limit is within or maximum 300 words.

2. The second question is Essay question 2.

Narrate a personal adversity that you have faced in life and the steps on how you overcame the same. Refer the guidance email on this topic in our wiki. Again, keep an eye on the world limit. Keep it under or maximum 250 words.

3. The third question is the video.

The time limit of the video is 1 minute. You need to upload the video on youtube and provide the link in the application form. If you want your video to be viewed by only the people with the link, make the video unlisted. How to make your video unlisted? (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?hl=en)

4. Resume

You will need to upload a .pdf of your resume to Google drive. Please name the file with your full name and make sure you share it with "anyone with the link". For instructions on how to upload and share your files to "anyone with the link" look at the links below:

(1) http://goo.gl/9XYxI (2) http://goo.gl/XmcAH8

5. LoRs

Please ask your recommenders to email the letters (pdf format) to venkatmemorialscholarship@google.com. They should list your full name in the subject line in the following format "Reco letter for <your full name>". There are 2 LoRs needed for the application from your professors, teachers, HoDs or mentors.

Application Form

Apply here

Timeline

Event Date
Scholarship Application Opens April 16, 2018
Scholarship Application Deadline July 6th, 2018, 11:59 PM IST

Selection Criteria

  • Aspire to be computer scientists and technology leaders
  • Exemplify leadership skills and a demonstrated passion for computer science and technology
  • Assist those around them to excel in the field of computer science and technology
  • Help their friends and family members use computer science and technology
  • Leverage the field of computer science to transform systems (from building the next game changing technology, to even helping families be happy, etc.)
  • Have faced adversity and overcome it to continue learning and growing in the field of computer science

Guidance

Rethink focusses on Advocacy and Guidance on approaching these opportunities. Our primary channel for providing guidance is our Guidance Wiki. This wiki details application approach, application resources (such as copy of the application form, checklist and walkthroughs), and useful references. Aside from the guidance wiki, we have a peer-learning community for students applying to Venkat. This is a telegram group where students can discuss queries and concerns they have and also interact with fellow applicants and previous winners. To join the Learning Community, you are required to install Telegram on your phone and message our Rethinkbot. You can find this bot by searching for Rethinkbot on Telegram.

If you would like to know more about our Guidance Framework and receive specific guidance on putting in an application form, checkout our Guidance wiki for more details: VP 2018 Guidance

Support

You may reach us at volunteers@rethinkfoundation.in for guidance. Disclaimer: Google is the official authority hosting this opportunity and NOT Rethink. Should you wish to reach the venkat team directly, please write to them in their support email listed in References section below

References

  1. Website
  2. Official Support email: venkatmemorialscholarship@google.com

Previous Winners

You may locate our interviews with Previous Winners by googling for "Rethink Youtube Venkat <scholar's name>". To know whether we have an interview with a scholar done, check the table below.

2017 Cohort
College Hometown Interview Status
Felix Josemon Government Engineering College, Thrissur Thrissur, Kerala Done
Sriparna Ghosh Dayananda Sagar College Of Engineering, Bangalore Kolkata Done
Saumya Suvarna Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu Mumbai
Baani Leen Kaur Jolly Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi Delhi
Nikita Sivakumar NIT Tiruchirappalli,Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
Rohan Saxena BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus Goa Done
2016 Cohort
College Hometown
Prince Raju M A College of Engineering, Kerala Ernakulam
Aditi Mithal Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi Delhi
Shivam Kumar Jadavpur University, Kolkata Kolkata
Sidak Pal Singh IIT Roorkee Ludhiyana, Punjab
Chodisetty Lakshmi Sirisha International Institute od Information Technology, Bangalore Hyderabad
Bhavana Jain IIT, Hyderabad --