TAMA scholarships presented in Hyderabad
Hyderabad's Ravindra Bharathi was the venue for the Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA)'s Scholarship Ceremony on the morning of Sep 14, 2013—and it was a grand success. TAMA gave 46 scholarships to 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh: to one boy and one girl in each district who topped in merit at government schools. Of the 46 students, 43 were able to attend the ceremony, each accompanied by parent, teacher, or guardian.
Rajeshwar Thiwari – Principal Secretary, Education Department, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, who introduced the GPA grading system in Andhra Pradesh, was the chief guest. He appreciated TAMA for choosing government and Zilla Parishad (district council) schools in awarding the meritorious students, as did Sri Harish Rao MLA. Sri Sudhakar Reddy MLC expressed his gratitude to TAMA by saying that TAMA is the only organization helping meritorious students among government schools and that recognizing district toppers was the best thing to do. Sri Srinivas Desapathi (praja kavi—people's poet) expressed his words in a song about government Schools, and he appreciated TAMA for doing the scholarship ceremony. Smt Dr. Papolu Rama Devi declared that Indians in America are more generous and kind hearted and always help for a good cause. Sri Jerry Kurian – President, Rotary Club of Hyderabad Mid -Town, Sri Ramu Dosapati, and Sri Satyanarara Ex- MLC were honorary guests also.
Lavu Srinivas, Chairman TAMA Board and Mahesh Pawar, TAMA President had collectively decided to continue the scholarship project, and TAMA Executive Committee and Board raised the funds; Anil Bodireddy helped a lot in raising the scholarship fund, and Viju Chiluveru, Director TAMA Board, created the flyer and certificates. Seetha Vallurupalli, Ex-President and Chairman of TAMA, carried out the project with Lavu Srinivas (Chairman), Mahesh Pawar (Presdient), Viju Chiluveru (Board Director). Rotary Club of Hyderabad Mid-Town and founder member Prasad Papolu were keys to success; Sudhakr Reddy MLC helped us a lot; and Ramana Kalli, Jaya Vasireddy, and Prasad Papolu covered expenses in India—without their help the event was not possible—but TAMA donors are the most important part of the project. Every year students, parents, teachers, and school principals express so much happiness and bless TAMA for doing this good deed.
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