Empowering poor girls with education and training

What is Ashraya?

Ashraya is a charitable organization registered in India and the United States. Its objective is to support programs that help in the uplifting of poor women. Ashraya’s focus is on women and girls because women play a critical role in the welfare of the entire family, but unfortunately have not received the same opportunities as men and boys.

Ashraya is a word in the Hindi language that denotes support or a helping hand. This word describes the main aim of Ashraya. It hopes to give a helping hand to adolescent girls and women through education and training to improve their income earning opportunities.

How does Ashraya provide support?

Ashraya provides scholarships to girls to pursue post-secondary education in science, mathematics, commerce, information technology and related fields that offer the best opportunities for future employment. Currently there are three types of scholarships:

  • Undergraduate education in accredited institutions leading to 3-year BA/BSc degree.
  • Vocational training of short or medium-term duration leading to certificates or degrees.
  • Post-graduate education in accredited institutions leading to a 2-year MA/MSc degree in mathematics, sciences, information technology, and related fields. These scholarships, named as Bruck Family Scholarship, are funded by our board member Kyle Bruck.

Scholarship aid for post-secondary education and vocational training currently varies from Rs. 10,000 to 20,000 per annum, and for post-secondary education and vocational training and from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 per annum. The amount is determined by Ashraya taking into consideration total financing need, potential support by others and individual contribution by the beneficiary.

Scholarship eligibility

Any girl who has successfully completed high school (Bachelors degree for Bruck Family post-graduate scholarships) who has limited family means is eligible for Ashraya scholarships. Teachers and principals of schools, colleges and vocational training institutions serving poor girls are encouraged to refer needy and deserving students for scholarship aid.

How do I apply?

Please approach one of Ashraya’s Trustees in India with your specific ideas either in person or in writing.

Management of Ashraya

In India, Ashraya is managed by a Board of Trustees, assisted by volunteers who propose and oversee specific projects. The volunteers come from different walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is their commitment and dedication to the aims of Ashraya.

In the United States, Ashraya is registered as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Virginia. It has received tax-exemption as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donors may thus deduct their contributions from their US federal income taxes. It is managed by a Board of Directors. Current members of the Board are:

  • Dr. Inder Sud, International Development Specialist, President
  • Mr. Kyle Bruck, Algorithmic Trader
  • Mr. Daniel Ritchie, International Development Specialist
  • Mr. Richard Skolnik, International Health Specialist
  • Ms. Stephanie Sud, Consultant

Funding of Ashraya

Ashraya is funded entirely from private contributions from individuals. We do not ask or receive any financial support from the Government. We heartily welcome contributions from individuals and business, in India or abroad. Contributions in any amount will be gratefully received.