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1DF presents: The Paliwal Club of 100 for Young Women in S.T.E.A.M.

The 1,000 Dreams Fund and the Ila and Dinesh Paliwal Foundation are partnering to launch the Paliwal Club of 100, a scholarship program that will fund the dreams of 100 budding leaders in “S.T.E.A.M.” fields — science, tech, engineering, arts and math.

Our future Paliwal Club of 100 grantees aim to set the standard in their respective fields. They will be able to put their microgrants toward life-changing opportunities like conference travel, tech devices, music and art equipment, ground-breaking projects — you name it. If you’re a highly motivated woman pursuing a STEAM career, send an application our way.

The Ila and Dinesh Paliwal Foundation is dedicated to creating positive social and economic outcomes for worldwide communities and their future leaders. By providing both financial and advisory support to underrepresented populations in science, tech, engineering, arts and math, the foundation promotes innovation across the board.

“An absence of gender diversity in technical and creative fields is unacceptable, and it’s time leaders and companies take meaningful action to drive change for future generations. Through our work with 1,000 Dreams Fund we will create pathways to encourage and support the education, research and career aspirations of high potential female students that may not otherwise have the means to pursue their talents.”

— Dinesh and Ila Paliwal
Ila is a classically trained Indian vocalist, songwriter and producer. Dinesh, the CEO of HARMAN, is an accomplished businessman and engineer by education. The couple have two children, Aasheesh and Shriya, who also advise the Family Foundation.

When you advance women in the arts and sciences, you advance society. Let’s do this.

Purpose: In partnership with the Ila and Dinesh Paliwal Foundation, 1DF created the Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholars Program, a new scholarship fund specifically to support high potential young women in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) with the intent to help accelerate their progress while in school through their transition into the workforce.

The 1,000 Dreams Fund – Paliwal Club of 100 provides one-time financial assistance to eligible women to help with expenses such as research-related costs, travel to conventions and/or educational conferences, graduate school exam or entry fees, and instructional programs related to creative, artistic or scientific pursuits. This grant is not intended for everyday expenses (e.g., utility bills, food costs) or costs related to medical care. Our aim is to provide access to educational opportunities beyond tuition.

Criteria: To be eligible for this grant you must be female and currently enrolled in a two-year, four-year college/university or graduate school in the U.S. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Guidelines: Applications must be submitted by the deadline below to be considered.

Amount: 5 or more grants of at a minimum of $750 to a maximum of $1,500 will be awarded each semester. Grants are not renewable, however, non-selected applicants may re-apply.


  • 2021 Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021. Grants will be awarded and notification provided to recipients by Friday, November 19, 2021. Grants will be disbursed by Friday, December 17, 2021.

Paliwal Club of 100 Winners

Kerritt Saintal, 28 – FUNDED

My dream is to translate research into resources for underserved populations.

Maria, 27 – FUNDED

My dream is be a space electronics engineer.

Sarah, 33 – FUNDED

My dream is be a full-time, professional artist.

Senaida, 18 – FUNDED

My dream is be the first Asian woman to win the GRAMMY for Producer of the Year

Kaitlyn, 19 – FUNDED

My dream is to continue conducting research while teaching college.

Lia, 19 – FUNDED

My dream is to be a licensed veterinarian.

Keia, 24 – FUNDED

My dream is to aid people through policy and advocacy.

Rachel, 26 – FUNDED

My dream is to advocate for women in STEM while continuing my research work.

Chloe, 24 – FUNDED

My dream is to become a neuroscientist.

Winnie, 22 – FUNDED

My dream is to work in engineering-related policymaking.

Sharon, 20 – FUNDED

My dream is to be an IU/UX designer.

Michelle, 19 – FUNDED

My dream is to be a software engineer.

Busola, 32 – FUNDED

My dream is to be a biostatistician at a research institute.

Bronte, 19 – FUNDED

My dream is to intertwine the world of technology with storytelling and film.

Angelica, 21 – FUNDED

My dream is to run for public office.

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