Thank you very much for accepting me as a recipient of the scholarship. I also thank the Asthana
Family and other donors for making this scholarship possible. I greatly appreciate this
opportunity. I have copied a small introduction of myself below:
Amogh is an incoming freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Physician-Scientist
Program, a combined BS/MD program with the Albany Medical College. Amogh aspires to become
a physician scientist, working both in the clinic and lab to translate novel ideas in the basic
sciences into clinical application. He is honored to have received the Sharada Hindu
Scholarship, and he promises to pursue his education with the hopes of bettering the lives of
Sanatan Dharma followers around the world.
Anay S Patel
Anay has been a part of the Hindu religion ever since he was born. He is a part of the Bal
Sanskar Kendra in the Swadhyay Kendra of Chattanooga. There, he has heard many stories of Hindu
gods and goddesses. He has also learned about having good morals and values. He uses everything
he learns in Swadhyay to help others and spread the Hindu Dharma.
Swadhyay and Hinduism have been a part of Anay's life for 18 years, and he does not see life
without it. He will continue his study of the Hindu Dharma and Swadhyay in Yuva Kendra at the
Georgia Institute of Technology where he is majoring in biomedical engineering. He loves playing
tennis and sports in general, spending time with friends and family, and using his creativity to
make things. Most importantly, he loves helping people. Anay uses the lessons from Swadhyay to
make good decisions and help others. He wouldn't be the person he is today without being a proud
Mihir Bhatia, a graduate from Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, TX, proudly embraces his
Hindu roots and Indian heritage. Growing up in an Indian household, he was immersed in the rich
spiritual beliefs, traditions, and values passed down through generations. From attending
religious institutions like ISKON temple and Chinmaya Mission Sunday School to practicing puja
and connecting with the divine through prayer, Mihir deeply appreciates the spiritual practices
Family holds a special place in his heart, as Hinduism emphasizes the importance of strong
familial bonds. Mihir values the time spent with loved ones, respecting elders, and cherishing
the joyous moments shared during family functions.
Education and learning are cherished in Hindu culture, and Mihir wholeheartedly embraces this
passion. He recognizes the significant contributions Hinduism has made to various fields and
believes that education is a path to spiritual growth. Guided by his love for learning, Mihir is
pursuing a degree in Finance and the Canfield Business Honors Program at The University of Texas
at Austin, fueling his long-term aspirations as a social entrepreneur.
Deeply grateful for the values instilled in him by his immigrant parents, family, and community,
Mihir holds his Hindu heritage close to his heart. He sees it as a source of pride,
spirituality, strong family values, and a passion for education and learning. As he continues
his journey, Mihir is determined to share these values with future generations, ensuring the
legacy of his Hindu heritage.
Ria Kothari will be attending the University of South Carolina as a Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology major on the Pre-Medical track. She is a follower of Shrimad Rajchandra and regularly
attends shibirs at the Shree Raj Saubhag ashram in Gujarat. She plans to continue practicing the
spiritual values her gurus have imparted and act as an ambassador for her cultural heritage as
she progresses to the next chapter of her life.
Sanketh Kamath is very proud of his Hindu Indian heritage. Growing up in a household that has
imbued qualities and values of Sanathana Dharma into his identity has made him the person that
he is today. Karma teaches him the consequences of his actions. Dharma serves as a guidebook for
him to live his life by. Sewa urges him to serve others. Hinduism allows him to improve life for
both himself and others and navigate the challenges of life with humility, resilience, and
Sanketh has been involved with Hindu organizations such as HSS(Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh) and Sewa
International since childhood. Attending shakha weekly has served as a fuel source. Week by
week, it has inspired him to continuously explore his heritage and develop himself holistically.
Sewa International has allowed him to get personally involved in his community. Four years and
more than seven hundred volunteer hours later, Sanketh has had the opportunity to participate in
a variety of unique volunteering experiences and work closely with many different communities.
Sewa has taught him “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam ‘, the idea that the whole world is one
This fall, Sanketh will be studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton University.
He is committed to staying rooted in Hinduism and making a positive impact wherever he goes.
Sneha Vashistha is from Carmel Indiana and will be attending Georgia Tech with a major in
Biomedical Engineering on the pre-med track.
Sneha has been attending the Balagokulam Program at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana for most
of her life and has served as an assistant teacher and youth leader in the program. She is also
a Sanskrit teacher in the Indianapolis Balakendram and enjoys taking part in interfaith panels
Sneha is a violinist and studies both Carnatic and Western Classical orchestral performance. She
is also an active Girl Scout and Bharatanatyam dancer, preparing to perform her Arangetram in
August 2023. She aims to further spread the values of Hinduism as she continues in her higher
education and is thankful to her gurus and parents for instilling these values in her life.
Sumedha Sethi has been brought up in Canton, Michigan, where she has developed a strong
connection to her religious beliefs, cultural heritage, and the Hindu community around her. She
has recently graduated at the top of her class from Plymouth High School. She will be continuing
her education at the Honors College at the University of Illinois Chicago where she will be
studying psychology and neuroscience on a pre-medical path.
Sumedha has always been an ardent member of the Hindu community in Canton. For more than a
decade, she has actively participated in events, traditions, and practices at her local Hindu
temple. Dedicated to preserving and promoting her beliefs and traditions, Sumedha has devoted
her time to teaching young girls about their religious and cultural backgrounds while
encouraging them to embrace and stay firm in their identities.
Sumedha has also utilized her voice and platform through local radio programs. She has led
thoughtful discussions with members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain communities in
Michigan to raise awareness and educate others about their religion.
Vinaya Sivakumar is a social entrepreneur revisioning youth response to societal issues. With her
Hindu values guiding her, she has founded award-winning nonprofits Atharv (preventing the
erosion of Indian culture in America) and Heads Up (mobilizing youth against the digital
addiction crisis). She was also recognized as a Coca-Cola Scholar and is an active advocate
in gender equality and climate change spaces. Vinaya will attend the University of
California, Berkeley as a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar to double major in
Computer Science and Economics.