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Two new Prodigy Finance scholarship recipients

Prodigy Finance - October 27, 2017

Two new Prodigy Finance scholarship recipients

We’re celebrating our 10-year anniversary by awarding ten scholarships for Master’s degree students, worth $10,000 each. Five scholarships will be awarded to business students and five scholarships to engineering students studying at a supported school in the UK and US, Anyone who accepts a Prodigy Finance loan before 30 November 2017 is eligible.

At the end of March, we selected our first two recipients. 

Jaydeep Soni

Jaydeep Soni worked in quantitative finance on both the buy-side and the sell-side - at the intersection of my passion in statistics, programming and finance. Currently attending Columbia University, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, he is studying MS in Operations Research. He believes it provides a holistic platform to augment the skill set necessary to succeed as a practitioner in the field, with coursework spanning applied math, financial engineering and business.

“The seamlessness and transparency of the Prodigy loan process is unparalleled, and it has been an absolute pleasure interacting with the team. This scholarship goes a long way in helping me realize my professional goals more immediately, allowing me the freedom to pursue more unconventional post-graduation opportunities".

Kaushiki Dutta is pursuing her MS in Business Analytics and Program Management at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business. Keen to develop her skills in predictive models and statistical analysis, she believes the school and its courses are the best fit to build off her Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering.

“My journey would not have started if Prodigy didn’t help me with my finances. At a time when I was struggling hard to gather finances, this scholarship saved me from all my stress. Not only is it $10,000 less to repay, but it allows me to consider my plan of pursuing my PHD, as well".


At the end of May, we awarded another two scholarships.

Jason Noronha 

Jason Noronha may have grown up in Portugal, but he is clearly a citizen of the world. He studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore before pursuing volunteer work in Africa and South America.

it wasn’t long before Jason began considering the benefit an MBA could bring to his future business endeavours – and with travel and technology company on the cards in New York City, Columbia was just the place to further his business education.

It’s definitely the right fit for Jason. “Columbia Business School offers a huge variety of entrepreneurship courses which focus on practical learning in the classroom. The proximity to downtown NYC also brings numerous industry experts to the classroom".

The Prodigy Finance $10,000 anniversary scholarship will make a significant difference to Jason’s future. “Having started four companies in the past, I am of the opinion that start-ups don't fail, entrepreneurs give up. One of the major sources of failure is the inability to continue to devote time to the start-up due to financial constraints. This scholarship reduces the burden of my school fees and gives me a longer runway to continue to work on my start-up to ensure that we establish product-market fit and generate positive cash flows".

Our fourth scholarship recipient, Vishal Kulkarni, hails from India and is pursuing a Master of Information Systems Management at Carnegie Mellon University. 

"My dream of coming to the United States and enrolling in one of the best schools wouldn't have been possible without Prodigy Finance. I can't express in words how grateful I am. Prodigy took care of the entire process - making timely payments-taking a huge burden off my shoulders. I am deeply grateful for the scholarship. With this generous scholarship, a bit of that load is reduced. With this I could peacefully concentrate on my studies and my job search".

Vishal Kulkarni 

Our fifth and sixth scholarship recipients were selected at the end of July. 

Sudeep Narsipur is our fifth scholarship recipient. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University in 2012. 

Sudeep Narsipur

Sudeep is now pursuing his Masters in Engineering Management at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

“I can say without a shred of doubt that Prodigy's support has been a huge motivating factor throughout my education at Duke, and this scholarship will only inspire me to further ensure my academic and career success. The huge self-confidence this kind of support instills in a student is immeasurable, and I'm grateful to Prodigy for having shown such faith in my abilities”.

Having begun his career in engineering, our sixth scholarship recipient, Varun Sreenivas, soon discovered that his passion lies elsewhere. After two and a half years, he chose to pursue his Master of Business Analytics at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management; it provides just the right mix of math, business, and technology. So where to from here?

“The scholarship definitely reduces my financial burden. I can focus my attention on my studies and job search without having to worry too much over repayment. It has also given me the option to seek another advanced degree, which I am actively planning to pursue now”.

Varun Sreenivas

At the end of September, our seventh and eighth scholarship recipients received the happy news.

Manisha Chaurasia is pursuing her MS in the Biotechnology Innovation and Computation Program at Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Anna University, Chennai.

Manisha Chaurasia

"Being born in a country like Nepal, where traditional approaches still prevail over the modern technologies, hardly any contribution has been made in the field of biotechnology in the past. Aspiring to become an entrepreneur, I intend to connect this missing bridge between biotechnology and advanced technology through the knowledge acquired in this field.

Prodigy finance has been a boon to me as it has not only provided me a loan without collateral but also helped me greatly with this scholarship and made my journey to Carnegie Mellon University possible."

Jonathan San Juan grew up in the Philippines and studied business and accounting at the University of the Philippines. He's now pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School of Business. 

" I believe a Wharton education provides a strong base in analytics and equips me with the tools I need to make sound decisions. It also has a strong brand and network in New York where I want to be.

Prodigy Finance has made it so much easier and more convenient to obtain financing for my MBA, especially as an international student with limited access to loans in the US. With the scholarship, the financial burden on me and my family has been significantly reduced." 

Jonathan San Juan

Why not take a moment to learn more about the schools that the accept Prodigy Finance loans from qualified international students? And, don’t forget to check out our scholarship page to read more about our 10-year anniversary scholarships.

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