Nandeet Mehta, Sahithi Rani Selected 2011 Edison Scholars


By A Staff Reporter

Demonstrating its commitment to educational excellence, Edison International recently pledged $1.25 million to fund scholarships for Indian Americans Nandeet Mehta and Sahithi Rani and 123 other high school seniors who were selected Edison Scholars, the company’s annual scholarship program. 

The 125 scholarships reflect the company’s landmark 125th anniversary this year.

Each student can receive up to $10,000 in scholarships, beginning with a $2,500 college scholarship that is renewable for an additional three years. 

The seniors selected were among more than 900 public and private high school seniors, in 14 states, who applied for the scholarships. Edison International has awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarships to 464 Edison Scholars since 1993.

Mehta is a 17-year-old from Hemet, Calif. He graduated from Hemet High School June 3, and will be attending Villanova University majoring in comprehensive science. 

He has received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Scholar Athlete award, and was on the school's tennis and swim teams. He volunteers at a senior care facility and hospitals as well. In the summer of 2010, Mehta volunteered at medical clinics and orphanage schools in Mumbai, teaching children to read and write.

He was part of the California Scholarship Federation Club, the Key Club, and was section leader for the school's symphonic and marching bands. 

Rani graduated from Upland High school June 9. The 17-year-old will be attending U.C. Berkeley with a major in biomedical engineering. She was born in southern India and came to California as a child. She is a National Merit Scholar, was a silver medal winner at the County Science Fair, is an AP scholar with honors, and is on the principal's honor roll.

Rani’s hobbies include singing, cooking, tennis, reading mystery novels and celebrating her Indian culture.

This year, requirements were changed so recipients can attend any accredited American university.

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