When I received my acceptance offer from HEC Paris in March, I was extremely delighted. It was a dream come true to be accepted by such a reputed institution. The cherry on the top was the merit scholarship which I received from HEC Paris because of my academic record. I applied in the second round and got the merit scholarship result in the first week of March. The amount that I received was directly deducted from my first-year tuition fee.
To apply for the scholarship, I had to fill up a form explaining why I should receive the scholarship. The statement required me to enlist my personal and scholastic achievements. I took this opportunity to write additional things which I could not mention in my application. I really liked how simple it was to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship team is very responsive and should you have any doubts during your application, you can write to them straightaway.
More than the monetary reward which was provided to me, I liked how the whole ceremony was organized. A couple of motivational speeches, distribution of scrolls and finally a ceremonial cocktail. I felt important and a recognition of my hard work was heart-warming. To share the stage with meritorious students from around the world was in itself a reward for me. The ceremony was presided over by the chairman of the HEC Alumni Association. He was kind enough to entertain our questions about his work during the cocktail hour.
The scroll reminds me of the amazing time I spent at the ceremony and to top it up HEC Paris Merit Scholarship takes the first spot on achievements portion of my CV as a reminder that I must continue to work hard. I believe that I got this scholarship not only because I scored well in my undergraduate degree but also because of my involvement in various extracurricular activities. I was president of two societies (Web Team and BSc Society) in my college and organized various events like Academic Help Center (to help disadvantageous students learn better) and Brain Games (a science event to test students’ cleverness and willingness to innovate).
In future I wish to work in the field of affordable technology to spur rural innovation and while it will require way more efforts, this scholarship is a sign that I am on the right track. The scholarship amount helps me to make decisions which I otherwise would not because of financial constraints. I am grateful to HEC for their efforts to smoothen students’ academic journey. And I will make sure that I do my best to get the scholarship again next year!