NAAS Scholarship Winner Mar '12: Sai Senthilkumar
DREAMS maker. Founded a charity to fund Indian students' education.
Lab researcher. Won honors at multiple science fairs.
All-around academic. Conquered challenging curriculum.
Meet Sai Senthilkumar.
A high school junior from New York, Sai embodies the all-around high school student through his technology, academics, and other achievements, and the Discus Awards is proud to recognize Sai for his excellence in and outside the classroom.
Sai is the winner of the March 2012 National All-Around Student Scholarship, a scholarship for high school students presented to one select Discus Award winner every month of the academic year. From among thousands of Discus Award winners and accomplishments in 10 attribute categories, a panel of judges has chosen Sai as the recipient of the $2,000 college scholarship.
The Discus Awards, a high school recognition and scholarship program honoring students who excel in and out of the classroom, looks beyond grades, test scores, and win-loss records and recognizes students for their multi-dimensional talents and passions.
Sai has raised almost $5,000 through his charity to help provide school supplies to charter school students in India, and the Discus Awards is proud to shine the spotlight on him.
|“This past summer, I started a charity program known as DREAMS which is centered in Chennai, India. The purpose of DREAMS is to help poor, studious students stay in high school. Most of these students come from families who earn under $2,000 a year. Even though the state of Tamil Nadu gives students a place to study, these students still end up dropping school because they can't afford basic school supplies.”
Through his charity program DREAMS, Sai has already raised nearly $5,000 for books, backpacks, and stationary supplies for students at a charter school in Chennai, India. It takes just $20 to fund one student for a whole year, so Sai will soon have been able to help about 250 students enhance their education experience.
|“During 10th grade, I investigated the neuroprotective effects of EGCG on C. elegans. I found that EGCG helped delay the onset of Parkinson's disease. This study won me the Highest Honors at the Long Island Science Congress and the top ten division at the Molloy Fair.”
In his freshman year, Sai placed third at the Invitational Research Association Fair on Long Island for his research on the neurodegenerative effects of Iron Sulfate on Drosophila Melanogaster. This year, using transgenic C. elegans as a Bioassay for heavy metal contamination. He will be participating in LISEF, and if he does well there, then ISEF. While the terminology may be complex, it's easy to understand that Sai's science ability is explosive.
|“I am a member of the National Honor Society and I have been a high honors student since middle school. Currently, I take 4 AP classes, including AP French, AP Physics B, AP US History, and AP English Language and Composition. and 1 Honors class, Pre-Calculus Honors. Last year, I took AP World History and scored a 5 on the AP exam.”
Despite consistently challenging himself academically, Sai has achieved tremendous marks. He is a member of the French Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and Science Honor Society, in addition to participating on the Mathletes team. With another year of high school to build on his already impressive record, we're certain Sai will continue to succeed in his scholarly pursuits.