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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. Each talented recipient will receive a $1,000 microgrant to put toward her future.

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 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 for that semester.

Amount: 5 or more grants of at a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $1,000 will be awarded each semester. Grants are not renewable, however, non-selected applicants may re-apply.


  • Fall semester deadline: ***The fall semester deadline for 2019 has been extended to Friday, November 22! Grants will be awarded and notification provided to recipients on or before December 20, 2019. Grants will be disbursed by January 10, 2020.*** October 1, 2019. Grants will be awarded and notification provided to recipients by November 15. Grants will be disbursed by Jan. 1
  • Spring semester deadline: May 1, 2020. Grants will be awarded and notification provided to the recipients by June 15. Grants will be disbursed by August 1.
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