How a scholarship from UPES changed a student’s life

Aayushi Verma, a girl determined to pursue her dreams, bagged 100% scholarship from UPES in 2016 and is now aspiring for higher education in one of the Ivy League schools

Four years ago, in 2016, after her father had a paralytic attack, life took a new turn for Aayushi Verma.

“There was hardly any hope and I could barely see any light coming through. But as we say, good things happen when we least expect it. The same happened with me when I got a chance to study in UPES through an NGO (Purkal),” recounts Aayushi Verma. After detailed applications, written assessments, followed by a Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GDPI), Aayushi got the confirmation of a 100% scholarship. The scholarship covered hostel fees, uniform, books, industrial visits and other expenses.

Aayushi, a second year student of BBA Core, UPES School of Business,  is currently doing her summer internship with Bajaj Health Insurance. She’s gaining expertise in skills like human resource management and teamwork.
A brilliant and confident student,  Aayushi shares details about her inspiring journey and how UPES helped transform her life. Her story will reaffirm your believe in dreams, hopes and miracles.

I want to pursue my post-graduation from one of the Ivy League schools in the US  and create a bright future for myself

How has UPES shaped your life?  

Industrial visits, industry alliances, up-to-date curriculum, decision-making abilities, team projects, business events, cultural fests, guest lectures, research assignments, group presentations and soft-skills have laid a strong foundation for me to become a good team player and a global business professional. The constant support by my faculty and peers and exhaustive online resources have helped me develop a better understanding of the modern business world.

Who is your inspiration?

My mother has always been my biggest support and inspiration. Despite the ups and downs, my mother never lost hope and puts in a lot of hard work to take care of the family. Her strong determination and never-give-up attitude encouraged me to do well and succeed in life. I further want to pursue my post-graduation from one of the Ivy League schools in the US  and create a bright future for myself.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far?

Owing to challenging circumstances back home, somehow I always used to shun talking about my family and mixing with people. I use to feel so heavy inside. After struggling with my emotions for six months, I told everybody about my family circumstances. Luckily, all of them accepted me with my reality and supported me in a big way. It was a great relief and I realized that it is important to be transparent and honest, personally as well as professionally.

What are your thoughts about UPES Shakti?

The idea of providing 25% scholarship on tuition fee to all girl students enrolling from year 2020 is a big step towards empowering girl education. Patriarchal society, gender stereotypes and lack of financial support are the primary reasons that restrain young girls from pursuing higher education. Therefore, 25% scholarship would open doors for many small-town girls to work towards their dreams and ambitions. Going forward, even I would love to contribute actively for girls’ education and women’s empowerment.

Lastly, I would like to thank the top leadership at UPES for the wonderful initiative of providing 100% scholarship to students who want to prosper, but do not have the means. People who believe in gender equality make this world a better place to live in. Every act of compassion is like a ripple in a pond– the impact of this initiative will reach far beyond what you can see.


  1. I know how much she is dedicated towards her career and i know she will achieve it. I am so proud of her and i am glad to have her as my roommate, as my friend and as my backbone.
    #alwaysandforever 🥀

    1. I am glad too to have you as my roommate. You have supported me through thick and thin and made me comfortable. I still remember you being the first one with whom I shared about my personal life and I really appreciate that.

    1. I admire you a lot Priyanka. You and I came to this college on a scholarship together and since then you have always been there for me. I wish you all the luck and power for your future.

  2. Aayushi you are an inspiration for all of us! Kudos to you for dealing so much and yet keeping a beautiful smile on your face every day.

  3. I feel really happy to be one of your closest friends in UPES. We love you Aayushi ❤️. Keep shining brighter 🤍

    1. I am happier and believe myself to be very lucky to have people like you in my friend circle who are there to have fun in the good times as well as to advice me in the bad one’s.

  4. The one creative I always love to watch is you. Your work is a joy to witness. Congratulations and hope for the best….

    1. I’m deeply humbled by your words. You have always appreciate and motivated me in the school and now in the college as well.

    1. I owe you for all the times you have made me laugh and helped me hold myself strong. I will be there for you as well.

  5. You Go Girl! I know you have the belief to make all your dreams come true. Have always known you as a very strong and happy-go-lucky person.

    1. You people have always been my strength in the hardest times and have been there for me since the start of this journey and I hope that we will complete this together.

    1. Thank you so much ma’am. It’s the teachings and support of mentors like you which has kept me going. I will surely make you all proud.

    1. Thank you sir, her story and journey so far inspired me to talk about it.
      To help many other to believe in the power of dreaming big.
      Universe listens, Miracles happen!

      1. Being your faculty and CC, I know you have lot of potential….you are confident, talented, proactive and smart girl. Always there to support and help friends. You are a star. Keep it up. May God bless you.

    1. I surely will. Friends like you have helped me fulfill my purpose and I will always be grateful for it.

  6. Aayushi you have always helped us in every possible way you could we are lucky to have you with us, congratulation for your upcoming future

    1. You have been there for me like a brother when I needed one and I will always be there when you need me.

  7. I wish you more luck and happiness in your life !!! I am sure that your determination will take you to you dream college.. Thank you UPES for identifying her potential and helping her to bloom into a beautiful strong headed woman ! Way to go !

    1. You have always given me strength and guided me throughout and I will never be able to thank you enough for it. You mean a lot more than a teacher and I hope someday I become a woman as beautiful as you, on the outside as well as on the inside.

  8. Stay focused and keep showing the real you. You are a wonderful person, long way to go. All the very best!!

    1. Well you have been a true friend yourself and I owe a lot of good times from back then in school. I am blessed to have friends like you who help the real me bloom.

  9. You are an inspiration to all of us. I have always enjoyed your company and have seen a spark in you. All the very best for your future. We all love you ❤

    1. I love you too Shalini, I still remember decorating the class with you and having fun together at school. Stay in touch.

  10. Ayushi you are an inspiration plus a role model for many of the student like me. Have received a lot of motivation after reading this.
    Hope you achieve whatever you aspire for. Good luck.

    1. I am grateful to god that I was able to inspire you and others and I hope that you achieve your aspirations. Just remember that your hard work will pay off one day.

  11. It’s actually quite brilliant how you didn’t lose hope in the greatest moment of despair and your story is certainly gonna inspire other students to be a better version of themselves.

    Best of luck for your future endeavors!!

    1. I’m humbled by your thoughts. I hope that I am able to fulfill the expectations that you mentioned and bring out the best in everyone.

  12. Didn’t knew that ayushi you have gone through all this , i have always seen her with a positive smile and utter confidence , u truly deserved this scholarship from the start.
    Stay strong always ✌️🔥

    1. I will definately stay strong. Having friends like you are the real reason behind this smile and confidence.

  13. She is a hardworking girl,dedicating towards her work. Always give her best and very responsible girl.

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