Scholar Success Story: In Pursuit of Higher Education, Aparna Somala Roots for Financial Independence of Girl

Swami Vivekananda had once said, “We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.” Aparna Somala seems to be a believer of this saying. For her, education is a way for women to be independent in expressing their thoughts and achieving economic independence. Her faith and hard work helped her win UGAM-Legrand Scholarship Program 2018-19 and live her dream of pursuing an engineering course.

Scholarship Registration and Login

Let’s read more about her journey in this interview and be inspired by her tenacity to reach her goal of higher education. Here’s what she has to say:

Buddy4Study: Tell us a little about your academic and professional journey.

Aparna: I passed Class 10 in the year 2016 and Class 12 in the year 2018. I scored more than 90% marks in both the board exams. After passing Class 12, I got admitted into a B.Tech (Computer Science) programme.

Buddy4Study: What motivated you to pursue a course in Engineering?

Aparna: I am good in Mathematics and am equally interested in Computer Science. Also, in India, there are more career opportunities in the software field. This worked as a great motivating factor for me to pursue Engineering.

Buddy4Study: What were the key challenges faced by you during the course of your journey to reach here?

Career Assessment Test

Aparna: I hail from a very remote village in Andhra Pradesh where there’s a lack of good educational institutions. Also, financial problems seemed to be a deterrent force when I decided to go for higher education.

Buddy4Study: What has been your source of inspiration?

Aparna: Over the years, I have seen how my relatives have grown academically and financially, and I realized how education has played a crucial role in changing their life. This inspired me a lot. I knew I had to pursue higher education in order to grow in my life.

Buddy4Study: How has your family supported you in your venture to pursue this course?

Aparna: My mom and my relatives have always been very supportive. They keep encouraging and motivating me to go for higher studies. I also understand that for girls, education is very important to be independent in their life.

Buddy4Study - Education Loan

Buddy4Study: How did you come to know about the UGAM-Legrand Scholarship Program? What were the steps followed to avail the scholarship?

Aparna: I came to know about this scholarship through one of my relatives, Raghunatha Reddy, who is working in Cisco Systems, Bangalore. I applied for UGAM-Legrand Scholarship Program through the web portal of Buddy4Study.

Buddy4Study: What are your ambitions in the future and how do you plan to execute them?

Aparna: I want to get a good job in one of the MNCs in the software industry. To achieve that I want to complete my Engineering course with good marks and then attend the interviews.

 Buddy4Study: Any piece of advice that you would like to impart to other potential aspirants like you?

Aparna: It was a surprise for me to see that there are organisations like Legrand which supports needy students. You need to explore such opportunities and try to get financial support if required. Talk to different people to find availability of resources and opportunities across India.

Click here if you wish to know about more scholarship opportunities.


  1. Source of Information: Buddy4Study app compiles details on scholarships/fellowships from government websites and private scholarship sources. Links to the official sources accompany each listing detail pages.
  2. Non-affiliation: The Buddy4Study app is not associated with any government entity in India or elsewhere. When featuring government scholarships, we rely on publicly accessible information from central and state government websites in India.

Scholarships For

Upto Class 8 Class 1 to10 (Pre-Matric) Class 9 to 10 (Pre-Matric) Post-Matric(Class 11-12) Class 11 & 12 Class 12 passed Polytechnic/Diploma/ITI ITI Diploma/Polytechnic Graduation Post-Graduation Medical Engineering Girls NSP Portal Income Based SC/ST/OBC Law

Scholarship by State

NSP Scholarships Andhra Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh Assam Bihar Chandigarh Chhattisgarh Delhi Goa Gujarat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu & Kashmir Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland Odisha Punjab Rajasthan Sikkim Tamil Nadu Telangana Tripura Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand West Bengal

Scholarships A to Z

Abdul Kalam Scholarship Aicte Internship AICTE NSP Scholarships Aicte Scholarship Aicte Swanath Scholarship Aikyashree Arunachal Pradesh scholarship Assam Scholarship Atul Maheshwari Scholarship Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Bihar Scholarship BYPL Sashakt Scholarship CBSE Scholarship Central Sector Scholarship CG Scholarship CG Scholarship Portal Chandigarh Scholarship Colgate Scholarship DCE Scholarship Delhi Scholarship Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Status of the Digital Gujarat Scholarship Disability Certificate Domicile Certificate Dr. Ambedkar Scholarship Dr. Ambedkar Scholarship, Haryana DRDO Scholarship Scheme For Girls DTE Scholarship in Maharashtra E Grantz E Grantz Login E Grantz Scholarship Status Kalyan Bihar Portal E Kalyan Status Epass Karnataka Ericsson Empowering Girls Scholarship Programme E. Samaj Kalyan Fellowships in India Gokdom Government Scholarships GSK Scholars Programme Gujarat Scholarship Haryana Scholarship Haryana Scholarship Portal HDFC Badhte Kadam Scholarship How to get a Caste Certificate HP Scholarship IET-India Scholarship Awards Immigration-Friendly Countries Income Certificate Indira Gandhi Single Girl Child Scholarship Inspire Scholarship Ishan Uday ITI Scholarships Jammu and Kashmir Scholarship Jharkhand Scholarship Jnanabhumi Application Status Kanyashree Karepass Karnataka Scholarships Kotak Kanya Scholarship Ladli Yojna Legrand Scholarship Mahadbt Mahadbt Login Mahadbt Scholarship Status Maharashtra Pre-Matric Scholarship Maharashtra Scholarship Manipur Scholarship MBA Scholarships in India MCM Scholarship Means Scholarship Meghalaya Scholarships Merck India Charitable Trust Scholarship Programme Merit Cum Means Scholarship For Minorities MHRD Scholarship MI Scholarship MOMA Scholarships MP Scholarship MP Scholarship Kyc MP Scholarship Portal MP Scholarship Status MYSY Scholarship Nabanna Scholarship Nagaland Scholarship National Scholarship Portal National Scholarship Portal (NSP) NMMS NSP Login NSP Renewal NSP UGC Scholarships Oasis Scholarship Oasis Scholarship Status OBC Scholarships Odisha Scholarship Olympiad ONGC Scholarship PFMS Login PFMS Scholarship Phd Scholarships PMRF PM Scholarship PMSSS Post Matric Scholarship Post-Matric Scholarship for Minorities Pragati Scholarship Pre-Matric Scholarship Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minorities Prerana Rajasthan Scholarship Rolls-Royce Unnati Scholarship Saksham Scholarship Programme for Drivers Children Saksham Scholarship Scheme Santoor Women's Scholarship SBI Asha Scholarship Programme SBI Education Loan SBI General Suraksha Support Scholarship Programme Schaeffler-India Hope Engineering Scholarship Scholarship Application Dos and Don'ts Scholarship Form Scholarships for Diploma Courses Scholarships for Indian Girls and Women Scholarships for North Eastern Students Scholarships for PG Students Scholarships for Undergraduates Scholarships in India Scholarship Status SC Scholarship SC ST Obc Scholarship Sensodyne Ida Shining Star Scholarship Programme Sitaram Jindal Scholarship SSP Scholarship ST Scholarship SVMCM Scholarship Eligibility Swami Vivekananda Scholarship Swami Vivekananda Scholarship Technip Energies India Scholarship Programme Telangana Scholarship The Tata Capital Pankh Scholarship Programme Top Scholarships for Medical Students Top Scholarships For Students Of Andhra Pradesh Tripura Scholarship Ugc Scholarship UP Post-Matric Scholarships UP Pre-Matric Scholarships UP Scholarship UP Scholarship Correction UP Scholarship Login UP Scholarship Registration UP Scholarship Renewal UP Scholarship Status Uttarakhand Scholarship Vidyalakshmi Portal Virchow Scholarship Programme VHTC WBMDFC West Bengal Scholarship