During an event this week, the Sikh Human Development Foundation (SHDF) in Washington raised $2,10,000 (Rs. 1.35 crore) for underprivileged youth pursuing higher education in Punjab.
The foundation offers scholarships to poor but bright students in Punjab and neighbouring areas. The SHDF has been providing scholarships to students since 2001 and over the years, they have put $2 million in scholarship money.
The event was graced by Bollywood actor and Punjabi comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi.
The chairman of the SHDF, Gajinder Singh Ahuja said,
“The SHDF has so far given more than 5,000 scholarships to students. Out of them, 2,700 have already graduated and found jobs of doctors, engineers, scientists and others. Some of them are now helping other needy children.”
According to a media report, the participants donated money for 420 scholarships where each scholarship is worth $510.
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Jasdeep Singh Juneja, an IT professional with ATT from Dallas, Texas, is one of the recipients of the foundation’s scholarship programme. He said, “If there was no SHDF, I would not have be in the US. My family was not able to support me. It is only because of financial assistance at a very crucial time that I was able to become a professional. Now I am able to support the education of my own younger brother.”