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  Dr. Ambedkar National Merit Scholarship Scheme

Government of India

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment


The scheme is launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Dr. Ambedkar Foundation with a view to recognize merit, encourage, motivate and financially assist students of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) for pursuing higher studies.


Under this scheme, the meritorious students are provided a one-time cash award for pursuing higher studies. The Ambedkar National Merit Scholarship is given to three students (separate for Scheduled casts and Scheduled Tribes) scoring highest marks in Class X level conducted by the Education Board/Council. In case more than one student score the same marks, the number of awards would be increased accordingly to cover all the eligible students.


The scholarship will be given as one-time grant as per the following norms:

Student securing highest marks
Student securing 2nd highest marks
Student securing 3rd highest marks   
Girl student securing highest marks
(if not in the above three categories)


In addition, 250 special merit scholarship of Rs.10,000/- each will be given to SC/ST students securing next highest marks, after first, second and third position. 
In case none of the first three eligible students are girls, the girl student scoring the highest marks will get a special award. 
The Board/Council conducting the examination shall send details of the students (name, address, family income, percentage of mark, school last attended, nearest bank etc.) in specified format to the Ambedkar Foundation within 15 days of announcement of the examination results, with copy of the Secretary, Department of Education, of the concerned State Government. For family income, a certificate given by the father/guardian of the child or Principal of the school attended will suffice. The information should be duly authenticated by the Secretary of the Board/ Council. The State Government shall verify and forward the list to the Foundation within the next 15 days. 
In case the Foundation invites the students, the awardee and one escort will be paid actual fare by sleeper class train/bus from their place of study or from their hometown (both ways).
SC/ST students.
Eligibility criteria:

The students should belong to Scheduled Castes (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST), their family income should not be more than Rs.1 lakh in the preceding financial year. The student should have appeared in any of the recognized State/Central Board of Secondary Education and scored not less than 50% marks in the aggregate in the Secondary Certificate Examination.

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