When I received my acceptance offer from HEC Paris in March, I was delighted. Being accepted by such a renowned institution was a dream come true. The cherry on the top was the merit scholarship which I received from HEC Paris thanks to 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 academic achievements. I took this opportunity to mention additional factors which I could not mention in my application, and I was pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of the process. 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 enjoyed the way the ceremony was organised. 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 equally deserving students from around the world was a reward in itself. The ceremony was presided by the chairman of the HEC Alumni Association. He was kind enough to answer our questions about his work during the cocktail hour.
I believe I obtained this scholarship not only because I achieved high results in my undergraduate degree, but also thanks to my involvement in various extracurricular activities. I was President of two societies (Web Team and BSc Society) in my college and organised various events such as the Academic Help Center (to help disadvantageous students learn better) and Brain Games (a science event to test students’ cleverness and willingness to innovate).
In the future, I wish to work in the field of affordable technology to spur rural innovation and, while it will require far more efforts, the scholarship gives me faith and I believe I am on the right track. The financial grant allows me to consider opportunities which I would not have access to otherwise and I am grateful to HEC for their efforts to facilitate our academic journeys as students. And I will make sure that I do my best to get the scholarship again next year!