Savitri Devi Arora Memorial Award

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The application deadline for the 2014 Savitri Devi Memorial Award 
is February 15, 2014.

About the Award

            The goal of the award is to promote the awareness and practice of devoted community service among youth at our temples. This scholarship has been instituted in memory of the Late Savitri Devi Arora, who left for her heavenly abode on August 26th, 2008 in Ludhiana, India. Like every Indian mother, she supported her children to get finest education and achieve their best in academics. It was always her aspiration to award and encourage those who are excelling in academics. The award is open to students in Southern California who are enrolled in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade at the time of applying.
The award is presented every year on Shiv Ratri Day (tentatively March 10, 2012) at Shri Nand Shiv Durga Mandir.
The winner receives a brand new laptop computer, $500 cash, and a Certificate.

Applicant Eligibility and Evaluation
  • All applicants must be from Southern California
  • Must be enrolled in 9th, 10th, or 11th at the time of the application due date.
  • Must fulfill requirements in ALL FIVE of the following categories:
    • Cumulative Unweighted GPA of the last two school years (50%)
    • Score on Standardized Test: SAT, STAR, or similar test (10%)
    • Extra-curricular Activities (10%)
    • Volunteer/Community Service Hours (10%)
    • Essay Test (300 words) on knowledge of Hindu religion/temples (20%)
      (To be administered on Shiv Ratri Day at Shri Nand Shiv Durga Mandir)
  • Application must include copies of the above, wherever applicable
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic reference (Teacher, Counselor, etc.)
  • All applicants must be present on Shiv Ratri Day (tentatively March 10, 2013) to take the Essay test
  • The winner MUST be present to receive the award
  • **Note: Winner may not re-apply for the award in any subsquent year

How to Apply

  • Please read the full application form and instructions before completing it
  • Print out the form, fill in all parts, attach additional paperwork/certificates
  • Mail to:                         Dr. Yogesh Arora
                              11684 Ventura Blvd., #979
                                  Studio City, CA 91604
The Application form and instructions are now available in one convenient pdf format.
(Just click, no need to right-click/save)
Please be sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to open the file.

For more information:
Phone: (818) 981-9581
Cell: (818) 510-2036

**Please note: Only hard copies of applications are accepted.
There is no electronic submission allowed**

5th Annual Savitri Devi Arora Memorial Award

Awarded on March 10, 2013
Winner: Sanjhi Grover, 9th grade

4th Annual Savitri Devi Arora Memorial Award
Awarded on February 20, 2012

Winner: Zoya Chhabra, 11th grade

3rd Annual Savitri Devi Arora Memorial Award
Awarded on March 3, 2011

Winner: Simran Grover, 9th grade

(From Left to Right: Simran Grover, Dr. Yogesh Arora, Dr. Kamlesh Dhawan)

*Special Thanks to Dr. Beni (Fresno, CA) for his generous contribution 
towards a second computer, given in honor of his mother.*

2nd Annual Savitri Devi Arora Memorial Award
Awarded on February 12, 2010

Winner: Som Chaturvedi, 9th grade
Runner Up: Sasha Kapoor, 10th grade

(From Left to Right: Dr. Yogesh Arora, Sasha Kapoor, Som Chaturvedi, Mr. Sona Bhasin)

*Special Thanks to Dr. Beni (Fresno, CA) for his generous contribution
towards a second computer, given to the runner up, in honor of his mother.*

Awarded on February 23, 2009

(Dr. Yogesh Arora and Vikas Shahi)

Winner: Vikas Shahi, 11th grade

Example of 2010 Essay by Award Finalist

Part One

        Lord Shiva is seen as one of Hinduism's strongest and most powerful avatars.
        Describe major aspects of Lord Shiva, his family, and his teachings.


Part Two

        Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world.
With so many devotees practicing different forms of Hinduism throughout the world, Hinduism has evolved tremendously.
In your own words, briefly define what Hinduism means to you, in terms of its basic traditions, and how it influences your daily actions.


Montebello Shiv Temple,
Jan 5, 2012, 8:25 PM