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Subsequent to my previous blog about the Cadence Scholarship Program, I bring to you another inspiring story featuring one of our students - Tanaya Bapat.
At Cadence, giving back to society is of the important aspects of the work culture. We make a difference in the world by helping others through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
The Cadence Scholarship Program is one of our flagship CSR programs of Cadence India, introduced five years ago. Many meritorious students from under-served sections of the society drop out of the education system after school because of the lack of finances. The Program addresses this issue by retaining such students in the academic cycle through funding and support.
The execution and administration of the program is managed by our NGO partners Concern India Foundation (CIF) and Joining Hands. The students are selected through a rigorous process of due diligence carried out by Joining Hands. Concern India Foundation oversees the students' performance throughout their coursework.
The Cadence Higher Education Scholarship Program has helped under-privileged young adults undertake graduation and professional courses for livelihood. This program was initiated in National Capital Region (NCR), and over the last five years, it has benefited 132 students at this location. After a successful pilot, it was expanded to Bangalore four years ago, and has benefited 71 students. In its third year, the Pune chapter was added and has helped 32 students till date. Cadence employees in each of these locations volunteer as mentors to help them with their studies, develop their confidence, and improve their communication and employability skills.
In Tanaya Bapat, the Scholarship Program found the perfect candidate. The only daughter of parents who run a small catering business in Pune, Tanaya has always been at the top of her class. Scoring good marks in her Grade 12 Board examinations, she went on to excel at national level competitive exams and secured admission for an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the prestigious and highly sought after College of Engineering, Pune.
Being an active member in the academic groups of her college, she extensively contributed to two papers of the team, which were published in the journal International Astronautical Federation in 2019. Recognizing her brilliance, her professors encouraged her to apply for a research internship at Carleton University, Canada. After a series of selection and matching processes, Tanaya was selected for the internship and is scheduled to begin in May 2021.
Tanaya has her sights firmly fixed on completing a PhD degree and getting into research, and is equally determined to take care of her parents and her grandparents and giving back to them some part of what she received from them. Cadence is proud to be supporting you, Tanaya!
Tanaya says, "The mentorship program is one of the aspects of the Cadence Scholarship Program that I always look forward to. The sessions have always proved to be very useful as they were a reliable source of appropriate and accurate guidance as far as my academics were concerned. My mentors have always encouraged me to take up courses and seek opportunities in my field that would help build my skill set for my future endeavors. They have been extremely supportive about my extracurricular activities. All in all, these sessions have had a good impact on my overall growth."