FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is The Next Genius Scholarship Program?

The Next Genius Scholarship Program offers full and partial tuition scholarships to Indian high school students who wish to pursue their undergraduate education in the United States of America.

2. What are the steps for winning the scholarship?

All applicants need to follow the following steps to be considered for a scholarship:

Step 1: Online Application (Deadline – October 10, 2018)

Create an account here before Oct 10, 2018.
Log-in, fill the profile information and attempt a practice test.

Step 2: Online Critical Thinking Test (October 12-14, 2018)

Log-in and solve a 2 hour critical thinking assessment here.
Top performers in the assessment are shortlisted for next level.

Step 3: Candidate Selection (October 29, 2018)

Shortlisted students are provided with detailed information about the various scholarships and are invited to identify college(s) of their preference.

Step 4: College Application (December 14, 2018)

Candidates submit a complete college application to a college of their choice.

Step 5: Interview & Awards in Mumbai (January 12 & 13, 2019)

Candidates are invited to Mumbai for a personal interview.
Scholarships are awarded in a public award ceremony.
Scholarship winners have till May 1, 2019 to confirm their acceptances.

3. What is the syllabus for the Level 1 - Online critical thinking assessment? How can I prepare better for this?

The assessment will measure your ability to solve complex problems in limited time. We are not assessing your ability to memorize content or solve problems from your school curriculum. Our questions are designed in-house and we do not have a set curriculum. Thus, prior knowledge of any kind is not required in solving this assessment (except knowledge of basic Math and basic secondary school level English). Thus, it is difficult to prep for this assessment. Registered students can purchase a practice booklet from us to see sample problems from past assessments. Students can follow the question of the day that we post on our Facebook page.

4. What are the eligibility criteria for the scholarship program?

The following students are eligible for applying:

High School Seniors
Currently in Grade 12 (or gap year)
Citizenship
Indian citizen
Indian citizens living abroad
OCI Card Holders
Foreign national living in India
Critical Thinking Ability
Strong creative problem solving skills, both in academic and non-academic settings
Soft Skills
Strong team playing and communication skills
Positive attitude, charisma & leadership skill
Personal Vision
Desire to be an active member of the Next Strong desire to study abroad at one of our partner colleges
Genius community and give back to society
Need Aware
Ability to pay for living costs at college for a duration of 4 years (upto INR 8 Lac per year towards housing, food, insurance, flights, books)
5. What is the application deadline?

October 10, 2018

6. What is the application fee?

No application fee is charged. It is completely free of cost.

7. Where is the test centre for the Level 1 assessment?

The Level 1 Critical Thinking Assessment is to be completed online. You can take it from the convenience of your home, your school, or even in a cyber café. All you need is a computer with a webcam and a strong internet connection.

8. Can I take the Level 1 assessment using mobile or tablet?

No, the online assessment is available only on a system (desktop / laptop).

9. What are the minimum technical requirements?

You must have a strong internet connection and a functional webcam to take the online assessment. You must use the latest version of Google Chrome Browser. Laptop and desktop both are OK, Mobile phone and tablets are not.

10. How will I know the results of Level 1 assessment?

We will email the shortlisted students within four working days of the Level 1 assessment (by October 17, 2018). Please check your registered email ID regularly as all important communications pertaining to Next Genius Scholarship Program are sent via email.

11. Will the Level 2 personal interview be conducted in my city?

The interview for Level 2 will only be conducted in Mumbai on January 12, 2019. You must arrange to travel to Mumbai for this period. Please note, that this expense is your personal liability. The foundation will not pay for the travel, accommodation or any other expense incurred by you towards the interview.

12. What does this scholarship cover?

Full Tuition Scholarship
The Next Genius Scholarship only covers the actual tuition (fees) component of the undergraduate education. A 100% tuition fees scholarship winner will be provided a full-tuition fee waiver for only four years of their undergraduate education. The scholarship does not offer money for actual expenses such as accommodation, food, stationery, insurance & travel. Parents should be aware that living cost in the US vary according to the location and can range anywhere between USD 10,000 - 20,000 per year. Any non-tuition expenses are the liability of the parents and the student.

Partial Tuition Scholarship
A partial scholarship winner would be provided a partial-tuition fee waiver for only four years of their undergraduate education. The scholarship does not offer money for actual expenses such as accommodation, food, stationery, insurance & travel. Parents should be aware that living cost in the US vary according to the location and can range anywhere between USD 10,000 - 20,000 per year. Any non-tuition expenses are the liability of the parents and the student.

13. What about the visa?

Winners of the scholarship will receive official letter of acceptance from the college. Along with this, they will also get the I-20 form. The Next Genius Foundation will also issue a letter of support from our side to them. Applying and obtaining the F1 student visa is the sole responsibility of the student. They must arrange all their documents and take an appointment with the US Consulate for their student visa themselves.

14. Next Genius Scholarships are available for which colleges?

The Next Genius Foundation offers full and half tuition scholarships in association with our partner colleges, to highly promising Indian students. Winners are guaranteed college admission and provided scholarship for four year of study in a subject of their choice at one of the following colleges:

  1. Beloit College, Wisconsin
  2. Drew University, New Jersey
  3. Ithaca College, New York
  4. Knox College, Illinois
  5. Juniata College, Pennsylvania
  6. Lynn University, Florida
  7. Millsaps College, Mississippi
  8. Texas Christian University, Texas
  9. The University of the South, Tennessee
  10. Union College, New York
  11. University of Rochester, New York
  12. Washington College, Maryland
  13. Wheaton College, Massachusetts

15. My child is in 11th grade, will he be able to apply?

No. Only 12th grade students (or gap year) students will be considered for the Next Genius Scholarships this year.