$400K scholarship reward aids underrepresented pupils at WVU | WVU Today

Vijaya and T.V. Ramakrishna contributed far more than $400,000 to build a scholarship that supports underrepresented pupils at WVU.
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Underrepresented students at West Virginia University will benefit from a new scholarship set up by an global couple searching for to pay out tribute to the Mountain Condition. 

T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna contributed far more than $400,000 to build a namesake scholarship that supports underrepresented students enrolled in any WVU undergraduate method. Their reward bolsters endeavours to increase scholarship possibilities for minority students as WVU functions to cultivate a a lot more inclusive ecosystem for pupils, school and personnel across its campuses.

“Scholarship support opens doorways for college students to pursue their tutorial plans,” WVU Vice President for Variety, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore, Esq., explained. “Our learners typically experience several obstacles. Assets these kinds of as the Ramakrishna Scholarship can make sure funding is not just one of individuals obstructions. I appreciate the Ramakrishna family’s generous expenditure in our college students, our Mountaineer loved ones, and their futures.”

Although neither the Ramakrishnas nor son Naren and daughter Sarva Rajendra attended WVU, West Virginia has normally held a special place in their hearts. T.V. Ramakrishna grew up in difficult situation in India and had no hopes of acquiring an education and learning until finally a teacher encouraged him to pursue his dreams. He ultimately moved to the United States, attained a Ph.D. in civil engineering, and crafted a lifetime for himself and his relatives in West Virginia.

“We moved [to Charleston] and have been so touched by the excellent people today from all walks of life who welcomed us into the local community so hospitably and with this kind of kindness,” T.V. Ramakrishna said. “We raised our household there, owned a organization and developed our life there for 35 years. When we commenced our charitable perform to teach underprivileged youngsters in India, West Virginians had been the very first to assist us. Creating this scholarship is our way of spending forward our really like for the state.” 

Ramakrishna was head of investigate for the West Virginia Division of Highways and worked closely with WVU professors on quite a few jobs. Since retiring, Ramakrishna and his spouse run a nonprofit group, Sahasra Deepika Basis for Instruction, that residences and educates underprivileged youngsters in Bangalore, India.

The Ramakrishnas now dwell in India, but they never ever forgot West Virginia’s effect on their spouse and children. That memory motivated them to build the Ramakrishna Scholarship.

“We acquired a lot about how to give in West Virginia, so we recognized that we needed to go away a element of ourselves in the point out,” Vijaya Ramakrishna reported. “Education is the eye to the globe you can see the total environment if you have an education and learning. We hope to open up their eyes to all the options. We want them to know that we think in their possible.”

Giving again is a basic component of the Ramakrishnas’ enthusiasm to make a good change in the earth, whether it is to the condition that gave them so significantly or aiding children in India make their upcoming. 

If you help an individual someplace, it’s supporting a person wherever simply because that ripples via the entire planet,” Rajendra stated. “Whatever fantastic that you can do will multiply to arrive at other people.”

The Ramakrishnas’ present was created by means of the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers personal donations on behalf of the University.



Speak to: Cassie Rice
Communications Professional
WVU Foundation
304.554.0217 crice@wvuf.org

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