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Making Higher Education Accessible for a Brighter Future

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Empowering the brightest minds, breaking down financial barriers

Worldwide, approximately 263 million children and youth are out of school (UNESCO Institute for Statistics), with extremely limited access to opportunities for higher education. However, each extra year of schooling has been seen to increase an individual’s hourly earnings by 9%, affirms the World Bank.

More than half of India’s population is under the age of 25; however, a Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 26.3% for higher education shows a remarkably low enrolment and participation in Tertiary education. In developing countries like India, investing in education is the key to ensuring the development of human capital that will break the cycle of poverty.

Nurturing the massive potential of the youth by supporting higher education initiatives paves the way for long term economic growth, where they are empowered with the skills and opportunities that they deserve.

At FFE, we recognize that the disparity in accessing higher education by marginalized communities can only be reduced when stakeholders with a common goal unite to bring about change.

For the last 29 years, FFE has been working to accomplish the mission of helping economically underprivileged and academically bright students in India by raising funds globally and leveraging its partnerships with Individuals, Foundations and Corporates to address the problem at the root. Through providing merit-cum-means scholarships combined with Skills training for employability and Mentoring, FFE aims to transform their lives in a single generation.


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What we do

Help economically underprivileged and academically bright students in India accomplish their goals of pursuing higher education through

Financial support

Award merit-cum-means Scholarships to students, pursuing their higher studies in Engineering (BE/BTech) & Medical (MBBS), Law and Pharmacy (Bpharm) in India. The support is provided for all the 4/5 years of graduation depending on the stream

Employability Skills

The Comprehensive Program is implemented over a 3-year period to identify and bridge the gap between curriculum and Industry expectations. This helps develop interpersonal and Industry required technical skills thus enabling a smooth transition from Campus to Corporate


The Mentorship Program is specifically developed for third year FFE scholars support to help them acquire skills that are necessary for building a foundation for a good career. This is a 1:1 Mentoring with experienced professional from the industry


Why Choose FFE?

The Foundation For Excellence was founded in the US in 1994 and with strong support from Dr. Prabhu Goel and a team of philanthropic leaders from Silicon Valley that he brought together, consistently working towards building a strong base for the foundation. Over the last 30 years, it has only gained its momentum and pace, having established the FFE India Trust in 2003 to support a growing scholar base by tapping into the Indian corporate and individual donor community.

FFE displays proven expertise and experience in being a direct implementation partner for the philanthropic and charitable initiatives of multiple foundations, corporates and individuals globally.

It is one of the biggest Non-Profits in India to provide scholarships to meritorious scholars dreaming of pursuing Higher Education, with a strong local network across the country, instrumental in providing access to the last mile.

FFE’s insistence on creating impact with a multi stakeholder approach increases the effectiveness of the program and brings sustainability to the heart of its program model.

These associations are built on the foundation of good governance practices, credibility, and transparency, ensuring seamless execution of the projects with tangible outcomes.

  • Tax exempted donations as per IRS Section 501(c)(3).
  • 4 star ranking on Charity Navigator
  • Registered under u/s 12A(a) of the IT Act, 1961, and under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation Act), 1976 (FCRA)
  • Form 990
  • Internal Revenue Service Form W-9
  • Tax exempted donations in India
  • GuideStar India Platinum Certification
  • Registered on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs portal as mentioned in rule 4(1) of the Companies (CSR Policy) Rules, 2014.
  • CSR registration number – CSR00002053

For the last 29 years, FFE has been implementing a well-established Scholarship Program ensuring agile and transparent employment of the corporates’ CSR funds across 28 states and 4 Union Territories. FFE is today the largest scholarship granting organization in India, with a pan-India presence in the higher education space making a transformational difference through scholarships and beyond.

Our extensive network ensures partnership with grassroot organization to achieve the best outcomes. FFE works closely with numerous NGO’s (26+) who work with government schools throughout India. FFE is partnering with schools, colleges, and coaching institutes who are working with potential beneficiaries. They constitute FFE’s Feeder network that helps spread awareness and reach among students.  FFE also leverages its large volunteer base (800+), alumni (4,000+), to expand its footprint nationally.

FFE’s project implementation plans are well defined with definite timelines and are implemented electronically, helping to streamline processes. We work with an ecosystem of stakeholders through robust outreach initiatives to ensure that the Scholarship Program is made accessible to the most deserving and needy scholars. Timely monitoring and evaluation are ensured through a combination of technology and personalized reporting, while ensuring 100 percent compliance and transparency.

Over the years, FFE has done multiple co-branded campaigns with many reputed companies and foundations helping in promoting their initiatives and sensitizing their stakeholders towards the cause. By engaging at a strategic level, rather than just tactical, FFE helps build corporates and foundations a legacy that continues long into the future. A well-established track record based on mutually agreed value proposition, FFE helps foundations and corporates meet their broader vision statements.

FFE works closely to share the success stories, highlight major milestones, and demonstrate impact while achieving value creation and the Social Return on Investment (SRoI).

FFE Corporate Partners

Strong & Deep partnerships with corporates across sectors 

Ways to Partner with us

Partner with us by funding the program and engaging with direct beneficiaries.

Adopt a Scholar

Our donors can fund the Education of several FFE Scholars under an “Adopt A Scholar” Program that matches students to sponsors. Through this program, a donor can fund the education of bright and needy students based on eligibility as per FFE’s Scholarship Policy. The commitment is to sponsor the education of the same student until completion of the degree program (4 years for Engineering; 5 years for Medicine and Law).

Perpetual Scholarship Program

Under the Perpetual Scholarship Program, FFE donors have the opportunity to establish a scholarship in memory of their loved ones on a perpetual basis. A one-time donation of $15,000 funds the education of one scholar pursuing a degree in Engineering, Medicine or Law. These funds are invested in FFE’s US Endowment Fund, and an annual distribution from the fund sustains the perpetual scholarship.

Engagement Opportunities

FFE provides the opportunity to donors to volunteer their time towards one-on-one mentoring sessions, giving job readiness trainings, participating in company’s matching donation drives and referring eligible students for the programs.

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