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External Financial Aid – Part 3

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Here are some more financial aid sources. Most of these are private charity trusts that provide support for higher studies. The amount of money or any other type of support provided need not be substantial. But I guess every drop of water counts when you are student 🙂

Name of the Fund/ Organization/ Scholarship Location Type Remarks
Shri Brihad Baharatiya Samaj Mumbai, India  Loan  
Birla Education Trust Pilani, India  Gift / Grant  
G. B. Kimaye Scholarship Fund Pune, India  Gift / Grant  
G.D. Gokhale Charitable Trust Mumbai, India  Gift / Grant  
H.D. Mody and S.D. Mody Charitable Trust   Mumbai, India  Gift / Grant
  •  Only for Parsi Community Students
A.M.M. Arunachalam – Lakshmi Achi Overseas Loan Scholarship Chennai, India  Loan  
Lokmanya Memorial Trust Pune, India    
Anjuman-E-Islam Charitable Trust Mumbai, India    
Khudabadi Amil Panchayat Mumbai, India Loan
  •  Interest free loan for members of the panchayat.
  • Sindhi Community only.


If anyone has more information on these sourses of funds or want’t to contribute to the list, please post a comment here and I will update the list.


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October 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Back to blogging

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Months have passed on after I wrote my last blog post. MBA life is both – busy and fun. You usually either have loads of assignments and study to do or you will be found at a party with all of your class mates. Small class size has its own advantages 🙂

Anyways, I will be posting a third post on “External Financial Aid” soon. Also, some of the posts here are now irrelevant/old and I will soon clean my blog to make it more relevant for new applicants and current students.

Keep reading.

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October 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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Off to Saint Louis

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Tomorrow at this time I will be on my way to St Louis. So the first step of the new journey will begin soon. Although I am yet to finish all of my packing, it feels good to be just a day away from boarding my flight.

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July 25, 2010 at 7:47 am

Olin packet arrives.

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My Olin admit packet or the Welcome Binder (as they call it) has arrived now. Man … it’s a one big binder I must say. It has almost everything that I could ask for. It has the details on the program, Olin community, St. Louis City and even information on driving license (for international students) in St. Louis. Perhaps most of the admit packets have all this information, but for now I am happy to get mine and its time for some reading 🙂 .

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March 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Olin says welcome

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My first success in this MBA app journey. I got an admit from Olin Business School (WUSTL) with some scholarship amount per year. It feels good to see an admit after all this hard work during the application process. I applied at Olin in R1 and had an interview in November end.

It would have been great if the scholarship amount would have been a little more as last year the amount of each scholarship was kind of double of what everyone received this year. But I guess this is the result of the current economic scenario and the large number of applicants who applied at Olin this year.

For now, time for some drinks to celebrate my first admit of the season 🙂

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January 5, 2010 at 5:56 am

Round 2 begins with UNC Kenan-Flagler

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My UNC Kenan-Flagler app went in on last Friday and so my R2 apps have started. Well practically it appears to be a very late R1 as many of the business schools have their R2’s ending in early to mid January. I kept Kenan-Flagler for R2 mainly because I started writing my first essays with Kenan-Flagler and going by the experience of many people who have been through this cycle, I decided to submit it late in order to incorporate any improvements that I will learn during all of my apps. With each app, the content of my essays was getting better and better. My final set of Kenan-Flagler essays was a lot different from my first set (although the basic idea presented was the same).

I had submitted my Part I of the application a few weeks back and that included my GMAT report and my updated resume. Based on these, I received an invite for an interview from Kenan-Flagler a few days back. So now I have sent the interview request to a Kenan-Flagler alumnus in Mumbai and let us see when he responds. Till then, I just need to wait for my interview call from Johnson (Cornell) and Fuqua (Duke).

Johnson usually takes some time to release the calls and they do not have any formal dates for interview calls. They can call the candidates for interview right up to the last week of the decision deadline. And I guess some people are yet fo finish their R1 interviews at Johnson. But in case of Fuqua, they will release interview calls on December 8 (early morning December 9 for me). Only a couple of days to know if I stand a chance to get into Fuqua. Fuqua students and adcom team have been very helpful throughout my application process in answering my queries.

Now, as far as other R2 apps are concerned, I am most likely to stop here for some time as I believe I better get some news from my R1 apps in order to move ahead with R2. If I get interview calls, then I can easily reuse the idea’s (not the content off course) from my R1 essays. If not, then I will have to rethink about everything that I did for R1. So far I have applied at five schools with interview calls from three of them. My ISB interview was fine, my Olin (WUSTL) interview went good but my Kenan-Flagler interview call is based on my GMAT and resume. I will try to finish my Kenan-Flagler interview before the holidays but till then no more R2 apps. In any case I am most likely to apply at only one more school. I believe, if I can’t make it to any of the six schools in my list, there is no point in applying at more. The only decision to be made is, which one is the sixth one?

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December 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Olin (WUSTL) Interview

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After waiting for an interview invitation from the schools I have applied to and trying to kill the wait period by indulging in numerous activities, I finally got the invitation for an interview from Olin (WUSTL). It was kind of a nice feeling after seeing this invite. The interview was a face-to-face interview with the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Olin on last Monday. All in all it went fine and was more of a conversation.

I reached the location a lot earlier than expected and we came across each other. The interviewer was kind enough to advance my interview by 30 mins. It started with usual question “Walk me through your resume”. I was able to (or allowed to) control the flow here and she kept on noting down the important points. Then cam the regular Why MBA and Why Olin questions which again went smooth. The some work related questions, questions about my company (including LB to Nomura transition) and some team work related questions. All in all it was like a regular conversation like my informative interview but this time she had read my file completely and was already aware of some of the key facts of my background. We also talked about the important aspects of Olin and some of its distinguishing aspects. About the people I know at Olin and so on. Finally came the last part where she asked me about my questions. I asked her a few and got them answered.

Like I said, it was more of a conversation rather than anything else and was good in the way it was conducted (next to the pool at The Taj Mahal Place and Tower 🙂 ). Officially, the decision can come anytime before January 22, 2010. But she said she will be back to the school on December 9 and they might release a few decisions close to holidays.

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December 5, 2009 at 10:11 am