Washington College has announced a new partnership with Next Genius, a Mumbai-based educational initiative that pairs students in India with U.S. colleges based on its annual scholarship competition. The competition engages more than 5,000 students who complete an online critical thinking assessment and personal interview. Washington College will award a full-tuition scholarship and several partial scholarships to top candidates.
According to the program’s website, Next Genius has a mission 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 college’s partnership with Next Genius is part of a larger strategy to promote Washington College in India and attract more students from this important part of the world.
“We currently have students from 29 different countries enrolled at Washington College, making up nine percent of our total student population,” says Dr. Lorna J. Hunter, Washington College Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Participation in The Next Genius Foundation scholarship program supports WC’s commitment to continually expanding its international student population. Growing our diversity helps create a culture of learning where students can have important conversations and share thoughts and concepts that develop their critical thinking skills.”
Washington College was founded in 1782, the first college chartered in the United States of America. For more than 235 years, the College has provided a quality liberal arts education, and every year improves upon that historic legacy. Among liberal arts colleges, Washington College is currently ranked #96 by U.S. News and World Report, #91 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and #75 by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. It is also rated sixteenth in the nation for student happiness in the Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges.
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. Next Genius is the largest undergraduate study abroad scholarship fund in India. In the last 3 years, the organization has awarded scholarships worth $10 million to 112 students from 82 high schools. In 2018-19, Next Genius hopes to award over $8 million worth of scholarships to more than 100 students.
The Next Genius Scholarship Program was founded in 2014 by Naveen Mandhana and Neeraj Mandhana. Naveen Manhana is director of Videocon Group. Neeraj Mandhana is a career counselor based in Mumbai.
In addition to Washington College, Next Genius has partnered with a number of higher education institutions: Beloit College, Wisconsin; Drew University, New Jersey; Foothill College, California; Juniata College, Pennsylvania; Millsaps College, Mississippi; Saint Michael’s College, Vermont; Texas Christian University, Texas; Union College, New York; University of Rochester, New York; Lynn University, Florida; and Wheaton College, Massachusetts.