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Oct 5, 2012

North South Foundation: Excellence in human endeavor

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North South Foundation is a non-profit organization established in Illinois in 1989. It received tax-exempt status under the IRS Section 501(c)(3).

Our Mission is to promote excellence in human endeavor, to develop human resources and to help people achieve success regardless of religion, gender, caste, geographic origin by giving hope to those who may have none.

The Foundation is all-volunteer driven with less than 5 percent overhead. While organizing events, we strive to get discounts from our vendors and sponsorships for our awards. These measures keep our expenses down and channel donated funds more towards helping the needy.

The Scholarship program in India is designed to encourage excellence among the poor. It is targeted at qualified, needy students entering college. Over 7,500 scholarships have been awarded to date. The Foundation has given nearly 1,000 scholarships the past academic year. Each scholarship is $250 per student per year. Awards are made following strict selection criteria based on merit and need. Students are selected from 22 centers in India: Ahmedabad, Bangaluru, Bhavnagar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Kochi, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Madurai, Moradabad, Nagercoil, Noida, Panchkula, Patiala, Patna, Pune, Tanuku, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam. These centers are run by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the noble cause of helping the poor who excel at studies attend college. There is a plan to add more chapters, especially in states where NSF does not have a presence. Please contact us if you can help us start a new chapter.

Educational contests in the US are designed to encourage academic excellence among Indian American children. The spelling, vocabulary, math, science, geography, essay writing, and public speaking bees are conducted annually in two steps. Children initially participate in any of 76 centers in the US. Winners of these contests are invited for the national finals. National top three rankers are awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $250, redeemable in the winners’ freshman year of college. Brain bee is conducted only at the national level. More than 70,000 contestants benefited from NSF bees. Please contact us if you would like to have a chapter in your area.

Accomplishments of NSF Children: Many NSF children have scored top ranks in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, National Geographic Bee and MATHCOUNTS. Top colleges in the US have accepted numerous NSF children. More importantly, these contests help children improve their communication skills, self-confidence and empower them to become better citizens for tomorrow.

Role Model Award: The Foundation has awarded its inaugural Role Model Award, ‘Vishwa Jyothi’ to Rajiv Vinnakota in 2003 and Nipun Mehta in 2004. It helps to showcase human values and academic excellence to the children of Indian American community.

For further information, please contact Dr. Ratnam Chitturi at 630-323-1966 or chitturi9@gmail.com

North South Foundation -Non-profit Organization, Tax ID: 36-3659998, 501(c)(3) 2 Marissa Ct, Burr Ridge, IL 60527-6864, Ph: 630-323-1966, web: northsouth.org


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