This academic year, Beloit College will continue its partnership with the Next Genius Scholarship Program, a Mumbai-based educational initiative that pairs students in India with U.S. colleges based on an annual scholarship competition.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with Next Genius,” said Erin Guth, director of international and transfer admission. “Last year's program exceeded our expectations and introduced us to some of the brightest students in India.”
More than 5,000 students compete in the nationwide scholarship program, which involves a meticulous, two-part selection process: an online critical thinking assessment, and a personal interview conducted by the Next Genius team and international admissions counselors from participating U.S. colleges and universities. In 2016, Beloit awarded full and partial tuition scholarships to four top candidates: Shivangi Ambardar, Rajvi Thakkar, Twyla Barkakoty, and Anirudha Gajula—all members of the Class of 2021.
Now enrolled in her first semester at Beloit, Shivangi Ambardar says that her experience with Next Genius has “only proved to change my life.” As Ambardar elaborates, “From preparing for the online examination, to meeting the college officials and the Next Genius team, and finally, winning a full scholarship, [this journey through the scholarship selection process] taught me how to push myself.”
Pushing students to do their best is the Beloit way. As Guth reflects,“The mission of the Next Genius program to identify future leaders strongly aligns with our own core mission here at Beloit. Our partnership has led us to finding some remarkable students,” Guth said.
Participation in The Next Genius Foundation scholarship program supports Beloit’s ongoing commitment to creating a globally diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus. Beloit has been welcoming students from around the world and from different cultures since the 1850s. Today, Beloit has students enrolled from more than 40 countries internationally, making up 14 percent of the total student population. The college’s partnership with Next Genius is part of Beloit’s larger strategy to promote Beloit College in India and attract more students who will utilize their liberal arts educations to become agents of change in their communities.
May Lopez’15, international admissions counselor, recently spent three weeks in India visiting more than 30 local high schools in eight cities across the country. Lopez will be travelling to Mumbai again in January for the Next Genius Scholarship Program.
Founded in 2014, The Next Genius Foundation seeks to connect top-performing high schools students in India with institutions in the U.S. and Europe. Beloit is one of eleven participating colleges in the U.S., and is consistently ranked by guides like U.S. News & World Report as a top Liberal Arts and Sciences College. In 2011, Beloit received the Senator Paul Simon Award, academe’s highest honor for international education.