BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
NSF Georgia Chapter organized various contests for NRI kids at Emory University on April 11th and 12th. Over 380 registrants ranging from Pre-K to High School participated in Spelling, Geography, Essay Writing, Public Speaking, Math, and Vocabulary competitions.
The core objective of the foundation is to provide college scholarships in India to children who excel academically but have financial needs to support ongoing education. To-date NSF has awarded over 4,000 scholarships in India.
On April 11th, renowned philanthropists and entrepreneurs Dr. Paddy Sharma and Attorney Chandler Sharma addressed the children during the prize distribution ceremony and presented trophies. On April 12th, Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman, “Smart Shirt” inventor and Atlanta Balavihar coordinator, and Ms. Portia Allen of Emory’s School of Medicine, well known for her role in promoting social causes in countries across the globe also presented trophies. “Over the years NSF GA chapter has grown tremendously through the selfless services of our volunteers and active participation of children and parents. This year we have had participants from far off places including New York, Kentucky, and Florida. NSF is serving the dual cause of promoting academic excellence among the NRI children in USA while lending a helping hand to the needy children in India. NSF is also serving as a networking platform for likeminded children and parents who value academic excellence and is helping form lifelong friendships.” Mrs. Selvakumar, GA Chapter coordinator for NSF said in her speech. She also noted that every participating is child is winner because by taking part, the kids help raise money towards helping academically bright children with financial need, thus winning a place in the hearts of the kids back in India.
The competitions at Emory attracted over 600 attendees including participants, families, and friends. Following the competitions, each contestant was individually communicated his/her score and rank through their personalized view into NSF website. Children who scored above a certain cutoff established by the national committee will proceed to compete with Children from other chapters in US that meet the cutoff in the National Level competitions held in August. Over the years NSF children have gone on to compete and win in various mainstream competitions such as Scripps Spelling Bee, National Geographic Bee, USA Brain Bee, and Math Olympiad.
NSF GA chapter thanked its sponsors Patel Brothers & Swad Brands for sponsorship of Trophies, Dr. Paddy Sharma for financial support and Emory University for providing the venue for the competitions. Details about the foundation can be obtained at www.northsouth.org