About Us

Founded in 2014, The Next Genius Foundation is a registered charitable trust in India that offers full and partial tuition scholarships to outstanding Indian high school students to pursue their undergraduate education in North America and Europe. We are the largest undergraduate study abroad scholarship fund in India. In the last 2 years, we have awarded scholarships worth USD 3.5 million to 39 students from 34 schools across India. In 2017, we hope to award over USD 6 million worth of scholarships to more than 70 students.

Our vision is to identify world changers, and connect them with outstanding educational and career opportunities. In working with these students – beginning in high school, through college and onto their careers – we hope to establish a community of future leaders who will leave a strong impact on society.

The Next Genius Scholarship Program was co-founded in 2014 by the dynamic father-son duo of Naveen & Neeraj Mandhana. They follow in the footsteps of the late Shree Bhawarlalji Mandhana, retired Judge, Rajasthan High Court and retired Law Secretary of Rajasthan.
Naveen Mandhana, Director of Videocon Industries Limited and an engineer by education is an alumni of BITS, Pilani. He actively overlooks the management of the program. Neeraj Mandhana is a distinguished career counselor based in Mumbai and is an alumni of the University of Cambridge and UCLA. He overlooks the talent search process and manages all college and corporate partnerships.
The program is made possible by generous donations raised from individual citizens, Indian corporations and leading partner colleges abroad.

The foundation offers full and half tuition scholarships in association with our partner colleges, and the coveted BL Mandhana Scholarship award to highly promising Indian students.
Full & Half Tuition Scholarships
Winners are guaranteed college admission and provided a full or half tuition scholarship for four years of study in a subject of their choice at one of the following colleges:

  • Beloit College, Wisconsin
  • Drew University, New Jersey
  • Foothill College, California*
  • Juniata College, Pennsylvania
  • Lynn University, Florida
  • Millsaps College, Mississippi
  • Saint Michael's College, Vermont
  • Texas Christian University, Texas
  • Union College, New York
  • University of Rochester, New York
  • Wheaton College, Massachusetts

To learn more about each college, click here.
The BL Mandhana Scholarships
The winners of this highly coveted scholarship are awarded with a USD 10,000 award towards their tuition fees at any college of their choice in North America or Europe.

Selection Process

Prospective applicants for the scholarship will undergo a careful two-stage review process. Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong ability to think critically, a passion for learning and a desire to bring a positive change in the world. Only high school students who are in Grade 12 (or gap year) as on November 12, 2017 are eligible for these scholarships. You must be an Indian citizen, a PIO card holder, or studying at a high school located in India to qualify. To win a Next Genius Scholarship, you must clear two levels as follows:
Level 1 - Online Assessment
November 12, 2017
Conducted Online
  1. Apply Online before November 10, 2017
  2. Scholarship application is free of charge
  3. Complete a basic profile
  4. Take an online critical thinking assessment on November 12 (Sunday). The assessment will measure your ability to read effectively, reason, analyze data and solve puzzles For more information, click here
Level 2 - Personal Interviews
January 13, 2018
Conducted in Mumbai
  1. Shortlisted students from Level 1 will be interviewed by the Next Genius team and the Admission Officer(s) from the respective colleges in a group setting in Mumbai
  2. Prior to the interviews, the students will be asked to submit their full college application online, supporting financial aid documentation and a ZeeMee profile before January 1, 2018
  3. For more information, click here

Past Scholars

Being selected as a Next Genius Scholar is a matter of great pride. The outstanding individuals identified by us every year are highly valued by the colleges they attend and by the organizations they pursue their internships with. As a Next Genius Scholar, you’ll join a select community of distinguished individuals that receives continuous career mentoring, internship and job support from our foundation in future years. Some past Next Genius Scholars are highlighted below.

Aliya Abdul Rahim
University of Rochester
City Montessori School, Lucknow

Anoushka Agrawal
Wheaton College, Norton MA
Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai

Gyana Shrivastava
Wheaton College, Norton MA
The Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai

Meesha Gupta
Union College
Neerja Modi School, Jaipur
Rishil Sheth
Wheaton College, Norton MA
Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai

Shivangi Ambardar
Beloit College
Saint Thomas’ School, New Delhi

Tanvi Pande
Juniata College
Bombay International School, Mumbai

Education Loans

Enhancing college access to students from families with diverse income backgrounds is a core belief of ours. In association with our banking partners, The Next Genius Foundation offers low-interest educational loans to scholarship winners in order to help them cover the cost of partial tuition, room and board, and other actual expenses. This financial aid package allows us to operate in a need-aware manner.
To apply for an education loan, kindly fill this form:
Parent Name
Parent Phone
Parent Email
Student Name
Loan amount


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