The son of a humble carpenter, Harjeet Singh is a multi-year SHDF scholarship recipient who, through hard work, dedication and perseverance, is now a software engineer with Infosys.
Sapna comes from a humble background, yet has leveraged two SHDF scholarships to earn for herself and her family by coming a housekeeper at the Hyatt Hotel – one of Amritsar’s largest.
Harjeet’s life-changing moment came when he learned about the SHDF scholarship test. After that, there was no looking back, and Harjeet is today working for Punjab Gramin Bank in Gurdaspur, thanks to SHDF and Nishkam.
Amandeep grew up in a small village in Amritsar. Her father, a farmer, supported her education, as well as that of her brother and sister. Additionally, he took care of health-related expenses of her aunt, and Amandeep’s mother tried to contribute to the family income by doing work on farms. Despite all that, money was scarce, and Amandeep nearly had to drop out.
Dr. Gurdev Singh
Gurdev Singh received an SHDF scholarship in 2003 to complete his M.Tech (Information Technology). he followed it up with teaching experience of seven years and research for five years. He went on to earn his doctorate in software engineering in 2010. Today, Dr. Gurdev Singh is CEO of the Councils for Innovative Research in India.
Harpreet Kaur is an incredible SHDF success story. She comes from a humble background. Her father worked as an unskilled worker making a meager income. Despite working through the week, Her could barely manage to put food on the table. Having lived most of his life working for others, Harpreet’s father dreamt of seeing his daughter as an educated and independent woman.
Amanpreet Singh received an SHDF scholarship for the first time in 2007, when he was in the third year of engineering. At that time the financial condition of his household was dire, as his father was the only bread earner, and funding Amanpreet’s education was a big challenge.
Kiran Jyoti Minhas
“SHDF is a ray of hope for many deserving but less privileged students,” says Kiran Jyoti Minhas.
Kiran hails from a rural background in Punjab, and was a bright student, but her family could not afford a college education. She received three consecutive SHDF scholarships (2002-2005) and successfully attained a degree in information technology. Today she works for Infosys, one of India’s largest and well-known multinationals.
“When life takes a wrong turn, one needs a miracle,” says Angrej Singh, Assistant Professor, Fateh College of Education, Rampura, Bhatinda, India.
For Angrej Singh, a miracle came in the form of a SHDF scholarship. Not too long ago, Angrej, a son of a farmer in Bhatinda, came to a crossroads in his life. His father – the only source of income in his family – had a serious accident.
Arshdeep Kaur is currently pursuing her MBBS at Guru Nanak Dev Medical College in Amritsar.
Her road to becoming a professional has been a challenging one, but with the Sikh Human Development Foundation on her side, she is confident she will reach her goals.
Ashnint Kaur Kohli
Ashnint comes from a middle class family. Her father is visually impaired and her mother provides stitching services at home to earn bread for the family. Ashnint had aspired to become a software professional since her early days in school, but financial constraints limited her educational opportunities.