Indian-American Scholarship Foundation


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Congratulations on taking these steps to further your education to achieve your career goals. Upakar was founded to support the educational and career aspirations of the Indian-American community.

Upakar provides either

  • $8,000 over four years at a university ($2,000 per year) or
  • $1000 over two years at a community college

A scholar can renew their scholarship up to 3 times if they maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 (out of 4.0). Scholarships will not be awarded for summer school.


For an illustration of how much a student may save in principal and interest payments, click here.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Have either been born or have one parent born in the Republic of India
  • Be either a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card) holder
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university or 2-year Community College, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • Have a prior year Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the IRS form 1040, 1040EZ or 1040A of less than $90,000
  • Currently be a graduating high school senior living in the USA with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.6 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

Our scholarship process is competitive. Please take your time to fill out the application completely and accurately.  Please pay significant attention to the essays, as they will tell us the most about you and your background, your education and career aspirations.

We wish you all the best as you complete the application. Please be sure to submit the application before the deadline. Good luck!



In addition to the financial award, Upakar provides a mentoring program for our scholarship recipients. This is an outstanding opportunity to seek the advice of and network with successful professionals across the United States from the Indian-American community.


Your application will be held in the strictest confidence and scholar specific information contained within will not, under any circumstances, be shared outside of our scholarship committee.