NPRI offers $2,500 college scholarship

For Immediate Release 

Contact Michael Schaus, 702-222-0642

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Policy Research Institute has announced it will once again offer a $2,500 Professor R.S. Nigam & NPRI Freedom Scholarship to a graduating Clark County high school student who demonstrates a passion for economic liberty and individual freedom.

The scholarship is open to all graduating Clark County high school students — whether they attend a public, private, online or home school — who plan to attend college in the fall of 2016.

This year students interested in applying for the scholarship are asked to write a two-page essay on this topic:

Improving education, by making it unique for the student:
Not every student learns at the same pace, or by the same methods. Unfortunately, K-12 public education in America is usually based on a one-size-fits-all approach to learning. Reflecting on your own experience, how would you provide parents and students with more control over the type of education they receive? 

“The Professor R.S. Nigam & NPRI Freedom Scholarship gives up-and-coming thinkers the opportunity to consider free-market solutions to real-world problems,” said Swadeep Nigam, who funds the scholarship program in the name of his father, an advocate of freedom and a professor of business in India and Nevada.

“We live in a marketplace of amazing innovation and creativity,” said Michael Schaus, communications director for the Nevada Policy Research Institute. “This scholarship question gives students the opportunity to reflect on how they would put free-market innovations to work solving real public policy concerns.”

All applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.2 and complete an application, which includes the above essay question.

To be eligible, a student’s parents must have earned less than $125,000 in income in 2015, and the student must plan to attend a four-year degree program in business, economics, political science, public administration or a related field, at an accredited college or university.

Professor R.S. Nigam was a director of the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi, a visiting professor at the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a senior fellow at the University of Wisconsin, in addition to academic engagements in Europe, the West Indies and Asia, including North Korea.

“This scholarship gives us an incredible opportunity to help a Clark County graduate pursue their dreams, while honoring Professor Nigam,” Schaus said.

Essays and applications are due to NPRI by May 1, 2015.

View full details of the scholarship and applicant requirements here Download file Scholarship Application 2016-2017.


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