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From Chennai to NASA to Columbia

Srihari Balaji, a Next Genius Scholar whose inspiring journey helped him in achieving his goals.

We are excited to share an inspiring success story from our Next Genius Scholarship Program. Meet Srihari Balaji, a remarkable individual who applied for our scholarship program in 2019 and was awarded a scholarship at Union College, New York. Srihari's journey is a testament to the transformative power of our program and the opportunities it opens for students like him.

During his time at Union College, Srihari excelled as a student researcher, delving into fascinating projects and honing his skills. His dedication and passion led him to secure an internship at NASA, where he gained invaluable hands-on experience. He was awarded a $10,000 NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate Funding Award for further development of his project. Srihari continued his pursuit of knowledge as a student researcher at the esteemed Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.

We are thrilled to share the latest update from Srihari—his acceptance into a highly selective Master of Science program in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. This achievement is a testament to his hard work, determination, and the comprehensive support he received through our scholarship program.

At the Next Genius Foundation, we go beyond providing financial assistance. We believe in nurturing the potential of each scholar, guiding them toward a successful future. Our dedicated mentors work closely with students, offering guidance, support, and mentorship to help them navigate their academic and professional journeys.

We invite students to apply to our scholarship program, where they will have the opportunity to receive financial support, access prestigious university scholarships, and benefit from comprehensive mentorship. Together, we can unlock a world of opportunities and shape the next generation of leaders.

To all educators, we encourage you to inspire your students to seize this life-changing opportunity. Let us join hands in empowering students to achieve their dreams and make a positive impact on society. To apply for the Next Genius Scholarship Program, visit


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