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EHSAAS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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Education beyond intermediate is one of the ways to overcome poverty. However, access to higher education is itself distributed very unevenly. For example, only 0.4% of the children from the lowest income quintile (from the relevant age cohort) are enrolled in higher education institutions, which is far below the national average of 10%. Ehsas undergraduate scholarship programs aim to eliminate this source of unequal access.

According to the National Human Development Report 2017, Pakistan is one of the youngest country in the world. Realizing its demographic reality which has a population of around 220 million out of which more than half are of university age cohort, the priority of Government of Pakistan is to work on such programs which give drive to provide access to financially deserving and also encourages gender equity. The strategy of Ehsas undergraduate scholarship programs is to create opportunities for a sizeable segment of youth to bring them under the net of higher education and create equal education opportunities for all.

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Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Program Objectives:

  • It is a paradigm shift in a policy of the Government of Pakistan to support undergraduate level students who after completing FA/FSc./Intermediate are unable to pursue university education due to limited financial resources. Unlike past financial assistance schemes that were aimed at MS or PhD programs, the Ehsas Undergraduate Scholarship Project focuses on the most critical segment, namely the 4-5year undergraduate programs, which contributes the most to income of the individual who completes the bachelors degree
  • It is one of the sizeable project funding under Government of Pakistan’s Ehsaas social safety net program which aims to provide 50,000 undergraduate scholarships with an average budget of Rs.6 billion annually. Over a period of next four to five years these scholarships will be  increased to  around 200,000.
  • Scholarship covers university tuition fee and stipend throughout four-five years of degree duration. It is a significant step to ensure affordable higher education in  all major fields of education including agriculture, arts and humanities, business education, engineering, medical, physical sciences, and social sciences.
  • The project aims to support female education therefore 50% of scholarships are reserved for the female students in the overall Project’s target.
  • To encourage physically challenged students, 2% of the scholarships are reserved for them.
  •  It is a vibrant program which will facilitate creation of the competent  workforce thus enhancing employability factors in youth.
  • It foresees to create drive for education among those students who have discontinued  studies due to  limited financial issues. 
  • By targeting most vulnerable segment of young population through this initiative, poorer households would be enabled to come out of  poverty, which in a long run expected to have positive impact on individuals, their families and the community.

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Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Newly admitted students
  2. Admissions secured on merit only. Merit means that the student has fulfilled the admission criteria of the institution in which he/she intends to study
  3. Degree programs allowed by the HEC.
  4. Age limit set by institution’s regulations, i.e., the maximum age of the eligibility for the scholarship is the same as the maximum age for applying for admission in undergraduate programs at the HEI.

Ineligibility Conditions:

A student is ineligible for the scholarship if found

  1. Availing any other scholarship or continuous grant 
  2. Enrolled in distant learning programs and  affiliated colleges (both public/private )
  3. Secured admission on self-sustain/ self-support/ self-finance basis, or in evening programs with higher fee structures

Download the list of universities here

Supporting Documents:

After submission  of the online application form of Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Project , the applicant is required to take printout of the application form and attach following supporting documents:

Sr.noSupporting Documents
1Copy of applicant CNIC / B. Form
2Copy of CNIC (Father, Mother/ Guardian)
3Salary Slip / Income Certificate (Father/Guardian, Mother)
4If father is Labourer on daily wage / shopkeeper / private job, then attach undertaking of Income Certificate on minimum amount of stamp paper of Rs. 50/-
5Copies of last Six Month Utility Bills (Electricity, Gas, Telephone, Water) – (If applicable)
6Copy of Rent agreement in case of Rented House
7Copies of Last Fee Receipts of Applicant and Siblings (If applicable)
8Copies of Medical bills/ expenditure related documents (if applicable)
901 Passport size Photograph of Applicant
1001 Picture of House from outside Front

Important Note: The hard copy of the application form along with the supporting documents will be submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office of the university only.

Scholarship Process:

  • All students are required to apply through online system and SUBMIT the application form. Applications in the “Saved” mode will not be acceptable.
  • Applicants are required to submit hard copies of the application form along with the supporting documents to the financial aid office of the university by the given deadline.(list of supporting documents are specified on the website)
  • The Scrutiny Committee of the university  will short list all candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria, based on the information provided in their applications, and who have provided all the information sought for under the rules such as proof of family income, assets, past academic record, age (where appropriate) etc.
  • Incomplete application form in any respect will be rejected.
  • The Institutional Scholarship Award Committee of the universities will interview/ recommend potential applicants for the award of scholarship.
  • Scholarship awardees will be asked to sign a deed of agreement on a stamp paper.
  • Financial Aid Office of the university   shall issue the Final Scholarship Award Letter.
  • Awarded scholarship is not transferable to any other university/ academic program/ academic session.
  • Scholarship funding shall continue for next semester/ year subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Note: Students are advised to fill the online application form very carefully and provide authentic documentary proof of household income and expenditure for assessment and evaluation by the scholarship award committee. If, during any stage of degree program it is found that the Scholarship Awardee has provided false information in the application form/forged/tampered the application form or income certificate in order to secure the scholarship, the university will be liable to take strict disciplinary action as per rules which may include, but not limited to the refund of all scholarship funding. 

Funding:

The Program covers funds for the following expenses:

  1. University fee as per actual fee as per actual
  2. Annual Stipend 

How to Apply:

All students are required to apply through following HEC Online Application System:

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