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JAINA Academic Scholarship Program (JASP)awardees for 2012

The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) is pleased to announce the selection of the five awardees of the JAINA Academic Scholarship Award for the 2012-2013 academic year. This is JAINA’s first class of scholarship recipients, and the organization was very impressed with the high academic caliber of the candidates that expressed interest in the award.

The selected candidates for this year’s JASP awards are Mitali Shah, Naisargi Shah, Neha Jain, Raj Shah, and Tirth Shah.

These five award recipients represent a diverse class of young scholars from across North America. Mitali Shah of Schaumburg, Illinois will attend Loyola University in the fall to study environmental science and pre-medicine. Naisargi Shah of North York, Ontario plans to major in computer science at Ryerson University. Neha Jain of Westborough, Massachusetts will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology to study New Media Design and Imaging. Raj Shah and Tirth Shah of Commerce, Georgia, will both attend the University of Georgia. Raj will pursue computer science, and Tirth will pursue mathematics.

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Dr. Sushil Jain, fomer JAINA President, said: "I congratulate the awardees and wish them the very best in pursuing their academic aspirations. We look forward to supporting many more students in the future as we expand this program.”

The mission of JASP program is to attract, identify, and provide financial aid to practicing Jain students who will pursue bachelor’s degrees at accredited universities across North America, and who have a demonstrated financial need. This program is guided by JASP committee members Udai Jain, Dr. Tansukh Salgia, Yogendra Jain, and Mehool Kakabalia. The program was launched in April of 2012 and has received substantial support from directors at various Jain Centers throughout North America. A variety of young people of unique backgrounds and interests submitted their scholarship applications both online and by mail.

A panel of four members, comprised of Mehool Kakabalia, Himanshu Ajmera, Amar Salgia, and Tanvi Daga, evaluated each application according to predetermined selection criteria. The five scholarship recipients were selected from among a wide and talented pool of applicants after undergoing a rigorous review process.

Udai Jain, Vice President Southwest Region, said: "this selection committee has put in significant effort over the past two months to ensure necessary due diligence and selection of the awardees in the timeframes laid down. I thank each of members for their contribution toward this cause of JAINA in the academic field.”

JAINA is proud to recognize and reward these hardworking young people in the Jain community. JAINA will continue and expand this scholarship program on an annual basis for accepted university students with financial need, and strongly encourages eligible candidates to apply in the future.

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