Since 2005, the Merck has given wings to the dreams of many students through its MICT Scholarship program.
for great dreams: Our Merck India (Mumbai) a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Charitable Trust (MICT) has been providing scholarships to underprivileged students since 2005. These scholarships cover a five- to seven-year period, generally enough for recipients to pay for their tuition fees and study materials. Since the scholarship’s launch, 54 recipients have successfully completed their degrees and found good jobs, primarily in the fields of IT and medicine.
This scholarship is awarded to encourage talented under-privileged students who are keen to pursue their education and achieve graduation in a subject of their choice. Through this program, Merck contributes towards the cost of education subject to certain limits as scholarship to selected students who have successfully passed out from the 10th standard until the completion of their graduation course.
Until now many students under the MICT scholarship program have successfully completed their education in professional fields like Engineering, Medicine, Science, Commerce, Aviation and Nursing. Some of these students have also been employed by reputed Indian and International companies.
What makes the MICT Scholarship unique is the long- term support offered to the selected scholars, enabling them to focus on studies and lay the foundation for a secure future.
Management decision on the selection of students will be final and binding.
Merck has the option to stop the scholarship if a scholar’s grades consistently fall, over a period of time.
In case of a scholar being held or involved in any anti-social activity, Merck in no way shall be accountable for it. In such cases, the scholarship will be discontinued with immediate effect. If at any point of time Merck finds that the information given by the scholar at the time of application was misleading; it will call for immediate discontinuation of the scholarship.
Read the story of a MICT Scholar
InterviewWITH BHAVYA VIJAY VAKIL
Bhavya Vijay Vakil, a medical professional from Mumbai, India, knew early on that he wanted to be a doctor. Yet his family could not afford to send him to university. Thanks to financial support from the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Scholarship Program, Bhavya has made his dream come true. Now 26 years old, he works as an anesthesiology resident in Mumbai.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I come from a humble background. My father was an engineer but worked as a teacher – that was his passion. My mother is a housewife. Until the eighth grade, I’d never really considered what I wanted to be when I grew up. But then my father died of a heart attack – that day, I knew that I wanted to become a doctor and help people.
How did you achieve your goal?
It was very difficult at first. After my father’s death, we had little money and I needed tutoring at school. My mother had no idea how she would pay for it. When I was in tenth grade, my uncle happened to read about Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s scholarship program in the newspaper. That was my window of opportunity – I applied immediately.
… and you were accepted. Do you still remember the moment you heard the good news?
When the company called to tell me I’d won a scholarship, it was one of the most pivotal moments of my life. I’d never dreamed it would actually happen! I was sure I’d messed up the application. Far from it – I’d been accepted! I was unbelievably grateful.
What form of support has Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany provided?
Starting in 2006, the company covered 90% of my tuition at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. This support lasted for about seven years. There are many local scholarships available in India, but the company’s is one of the most extensive. However, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany also expects good performance and continually checks on the progress of scholarship recipients. I had to get good grades in my classes to keep the scholarship, which kept me really motivated. And ultimately, I succeeded!
You are now a medical resident. Do you have new goals?
I am currently working as an anesthesiology resident at a hospital in Mumbai. This comes with a great deal of responsibility, and I have to maintain high levels of concentration at work. I enjoy it a lot and would like to continue in this field of medicine. After finishing my residency, I would like to go to London and apply for the fellowship offered by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. For anesthesiologists, successful completion of this fellowship comes with a lot of cachet. Afterwards, however, I would like to return to Mumbai. It’s my home; it’s where my friends and family live. I want to be with them and serve my nation.