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Ratan Lal Mundada Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Apr 18, 2024
Winners Announced
May 18, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Field of Study:
3.0 or higher

The future of our world relies largely on the STEM fields as technological and scientific advancements become increasingly crucial. 

Succeeding in STEM takes grit, determination, and perseverance. Often, financial resources are also necessary to enter STEM industries, as many fields require advanced degrees that come with significant costs. 

This scholarship aims to honor the memory of Ratan Lal Mundada by supporting students on the road to careers in STEM. 

Any undergraduate student who is pursuing STEM with at least a 3.0 GPA may apply for this scholarship opportunity. 

To apply, tell us how your financial background has impacted your education, how this scholarship would help you realize your dreams, and how your dreams would make a positive impact on society.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, STEM
Published October 8, 2023
Essay Topic

How has your financial situation affected your education? How will a scholarship lead you to achieve your dream? How will that dream have a positive effect on society?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Fatin Ishteaaque
Stony Brook UniversitySTATEN ISLAND, NY
Navigating the rigors of higher education has been a journey marked not only by academic and extracurricular commitments but also by a significant financial strain that has profoundly affected my educational experience. As someone passionately committed to the study of pharmacology—a field that sits at the intersection of my childhood love for biology and a newfound fascination with chemistry discovered in college—my financial situation has placed considerable barriers on my path. The need to work 30-36 hours weekly in lengthy shifts to fund my education, while simultaneously dedicating myself to a sports team, has created a scenario where my time for study, rest, and extracurricular enrichment is severely compromised. This balancing act between financial survival and academic excellence is not only physically and mentally taxing but also detracts from the fullness of the college experience, limiting my ability to engage deeply with my studies and research opportunities that are crucial for my professional development. A scholarship would serve as a pivotal turning point in this journey, providing me with the much-needed financial relief to reduce my work hours and focus more intently on my academic and professional goals. It would allow me to immerse myself fully in the pharmacological sciences, participate in research projects, and engage with professional communities and mentorships that are integral to my development as a future leader in the field. This focused engagement is essential for achieving the depth of knowledge and the breadth of experience required to excel in pharmacology, paving the way towards my dream of making significant contributions to pharmaceutical research or patient care. My dream is not only about personal or professional achievement; it is deeply intertwined with a vision for societal impact. Pharmacology, at its core, is about developing solutions that improve human health and wellbeing. By advancing in this field, I aspire to contribute to the discovery of new medications, the improvement of existing treatments, and the enhancement of patient care practices. These contributions have the potential to change lives, offering new hope and improved outcomes for individuals facing health challenges. Furthermore, as a member of an underrepresented minority in pharmacology, my journey and successes can serve to inspire and pave the way for future generations of diverse students in the sciences, promoting inclusivity and representation within the field. The positive societal impact of this dream extends beyond the immediate benefits of medical advancements. By contributing to a more diverse and inclusive scientific community, we can ensure that research and healthcare practices are more reflective of and responsive to the diverse needs of the population. This diversity of perspectives is crucial for addressing health disparities and ensuring that the benefits of scientific progress are equitably shared across all segments of society. In summary, the financial challenges I face have been a significant obstacle in my educational journey, limiting my ability to fully engage with and excel in my field of study. A scholarship represents not just financial support, but the opportunity to realize my full potential in pharmacology, contributing to a field that has far-reaching implications for human health and society. Through this support, I am poised to achieve my dream of making meaningful contributions to pharmaceutical science, thereby affecting positive societal change and inspiring future generations to do the same.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 18, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 18, 2024.

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