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Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.

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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: The Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in the Fall of 2007 to remember the life of Akash Jacob Kuruvilla and to continue his legacy of excellence and generosity posthumously. Having committed to leadership, diversity, integrity and academia, Akash Kuruvilla influenced a multitude that had the honor of being in his presence. The ideal scholarship recipients will embody those same principles and shall be committed to positively affecting the community throughout their collegiate years and beyond.

Results: 9 students have been selected to receive $1000 in college scholarships each.

Target demographics: Students in the United States who have been accepted into a college or university

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of knowing Akash Jacob Kuruvilla as a fraternity brother and he was nothing short of the ideal brother. He never made you feel inferior, always was available for advice, genuinely cared about the real person in you as opposed to what society viewed you as, was extremely professional and capable of every task he came across, and so much more. Having direct relations with him showed me he was a great individual but sadly enough having lost him has allowed me to see him through the eyes of a father, mother, sister, girlfriend, other family members and close friends. With just the right balance of purity and mischeif, I have come to realize he was the perfect son, brother, lover, and friend. With the loss of such a great individual, it is only right we keep his legacy alive. His close friends, brothers, and family have made an effort to keep Akash alive through this scholarship so that others in the position he was in his life can achieve greatness with the help of our funds. We want everyone to know about the life and times of Akash while simultaneously being rewarded for keeping their eyes on their goals in times of hardships and reaching out for the "American Dream."

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akmsf 10/02/2010

It is always such a blessing to have individuals who are willing to work with us to ensure that Akash's memory stays alive. Thank you for reminding us that this fund isn't just about awarding scholarships but also about remembering a great man.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As long as I remember Akash he was a selfless and giving man. He would do everything in his power to help others and help them become better individuals. AKMSF is a testament to his legacy and his efforts can be continued on through this fund.

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akmsf 09/30/2010

Thank you for taking the time to review the AKMSF. Akash's willingness to reach out to everyone and anyone is a driving force behind this fund, and we hope that his legacy will live on through this organization's growth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Akash was the kind of man who people looked up to and wanted to become. One famous line by him, which I will always remember, is: "do not give me a problem, give me a solution." I will always remember that and try to lead my life by the examples that he put before us. I hope that we can see greater visibility of this scholarship so that he may continue to impact the lives of others.

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akmsf 09/30/2010

We hope that we are living up to the standards that Akash represented before his passing. We will continue to seek solutions to the challenges we meet as this fund grows. Thank you for your review.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Akash Kuruvilla was a great leader and dedicated individual. His charisma motivated people and his drive set an example for others. This scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for those who demonstrate these qualities. AKMSF is one of many things that keeps his legacy and impact to this world alive.

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akmsf 09/30/2010

Thank you for taking the time to review the AKMSF. Akash is greatly missed, but we are constantly inspired by his motivation and his gift of touching so many people's lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization exemplifies the principles by which Akash lived by. He was a very firm believer in the strengths of unity, diversity, and education. This is truly a great organization!!

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akmsf 09/30/2010

Thank you so much for your feedback! We hope to continue to grow and ensure that many lives are impacted by this fund.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Akash was a blunt, strategic, loving person. His dedication to school organizations and the community was inspiring, to say the least. He had a love of diversity and realized the power of bringing groups of people together for a common purpose to help both the individual and group as a whole. He would be happy to know that people are contributing to someone's education in his name.

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akmsf 09/30/2010

Thank you for your review. We hope that the beneficiaries of this fund represent the diversity and unity that Akash was so passionate about promoting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This scholarship is an excellent example of the man it was created in the honor of. Akash was the type of individual that did as much as he could and them some more. He was always there to help those who were in need and this scholarship is doing the same by carrying on his values. The short time it has been around, the AKMSF, has helped numerous students to achieve their goals and it will continue to do so for years to come.

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akmsf 09/30/2010

We deeply appreciate you taking your time to review our fund. We hope that we characterize Akash's spirit of generosity through our scholarships.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The man behind this scholarship is one of those rare types of people that you only hope to come across once in your lifetime. While I have never had the opportunity to meet Akash Kuruvilla, his ideology and beliefs are constantly reaching my ears. This is why this fund is so important. Mr. Kuruvilla believed in the "american Dream" as well as the fact that no man (or woman) was beyond redemption. This fund greatly expresses these two believes because it allows those who try to better themselves despite many obstacles. I was personally at the last award ceremony of this fund and the individuals that received funding were extraordinary people. They all had their own personal differences and situations however they all had the common goal of trying to face adversity through persistence. This idea is something I strongly agree with and is why that this fund is definitely one to help grow in the future.

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akmsf 09/30/2010

Thank you for your review. The board appreciates the way that people who never knew Akash can still be impacted by his legacy and the values that he held with so much conviction.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ERAU Associate Chapter of Sigma Beta Rho became mentors to students who were struggling in school. We mentored them once a week and talked with them about any problems there were having albeit school of home.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After having known Akash Kuruvilla for several years and the amount time and effort he put in to selflessly help others make their lives better, there is no better way to commemorate his life than this scholarship that aims to help others. Although Akash is no longer with us, I am glad to witness his legacy continuing to live on.

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akmsf 09/30/2010

Thank you for taking the time to review this fund. We, too, believe that there is no better way to remember Akash than to give the gift of an education to others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Akash Kuruvilla selflessly dedicated a great deal of his life to mentoring and molding young minds. He was truly an inspiration and always encouraged people to follow their dreams. This scholarship honors the passion, nobility, and generosity of a great man. Awarding this scholarship not only commemorates the principals and legacy of Akash, but also continues to foster hard-work, character, and leadership amongst our youth.

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akmsf 09/29/2010

Thank you for your review. We are always encouraged by those who have been touched by Akash and hope that this fund continues his legacy of generosity.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with the organization has been nothing but positive. The people who run it are amazing. They truly want nothing more than to help deserving individuals be the best that they can be. I'm sure it would be a dream come true for Akash or anyone to see such a wonderful organization, that helps people reach their goals, established in their name.

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akmsf 09/25/2010

Thank you for your review. We are constantly encouraged by the personal nature of this fund and hope to always remember that it is a memorial scholarship created to honor a great man.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This scholarship is a great testament to the life of Akash, he exemplified passion, dedication, and determination in assisting the youth achieve their goals. In continuing with his legacy, this scholarship hopes to reward two deserving applicants who strive for their American Dream.

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akmsf 09/18/2010

Thank you for the review. We appreciate the time you have put into this fund and look forward to keeping the Dream Alive with support from individuals like yourself.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The AKMSF seeks to materialize the life an honorable man (Akash) in the form a scholarship for two individuals whose integrity, aspirations, and aptitude resonate deeply with his own. Just as Akash was a force for positive change in the world, this scholarship hopes to recognize and empower future generations of Americans toward a similar end. In doing so, the AKMSF committee and its supporters hope to make a financial difference in the lives of select individuals esteemed for their potential as determined by their character.

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akmsf 09/06/2010

Thank you for your reminder that the AKMSF is a constant memorial to Akash Kuruvilla, a man of honor who set the bar high for the applicants and potential recipients of this award. In his memory, we strive to always grow and affect as many lives as possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What's the American dream? Does it still hold in this day and age? Sure, we're so busy in our day to day lives to really notice or consider it much - but the American dream can be found embodied in the lives of many - from young students, to working adults - simply doing the most with what they have to better themselves and the world around them. I support this organization primarily because of the deep impact they create in the lives of those they serve. But secondly because I find the stories of their scholarship recipients inspiring, and I think those are the types of individuals that are not only deserving of support in pursuing their goals - but they're helping keep the American dream alive.

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akmsf 09/06/2010

Thank you taking the time to review this fund. Your support encourages us to continue our efforts to help more talented leaders attain their dreams of a college education in the years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The scholarship is dedicated to a great leader and former colleague. His exemplary attitude and dedication to his work served as an inspiration to all the volunteers running the organization. Once I interacted with the volunteers to understand why they were supporting this cause, I could see how many lives had been affected. Their hard work and dedication in reviewing applications and selecting very promising youth is direct avenue for success. I do not hesitate at all in recommending this great scholarship for any donation they seek and hope to be able to continue making my small donations.

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akmsf 09/06/2010

Thank you for your review. Your feedback is encouraging, and your suggestions will help our team as we plan for the future.