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College students have time, energy, and enthusiasm. However, often non-academic dreams can be stifled by a lack of resources and the pressure to conform.

The goal of this award is to give students access to resources (such as funding and experienced mentors) to turn interesting ideas into reality.

 

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After graduation, one usually gets a job, becomes a productive member of society, becomes financially secure. While this means that a person is more able to afford indulgences, this often comes at the price of a lack of time and a surplus of responsibility. What it comes down to is this - for many people, the best time in their lives to really take on that grand personal life project is in college.

This award aims to give students access to the resources that would enable them to follow their dreams. In practice, this means that if you have something you want to do, but lack the resources (money, expert advice, a mentor), we can help make it happen. There are NO restrictions on the sort of projects we might fund, other than that it's "interesting" and that it's legal. We do require that awardees give a presentation on their experiences at both colleges at the beginning of the next calendar year, to inspire the next crop of applicants.

In 2007, the pilot year of the Life Unlimited Award, we grant a total amount of about Rs. 60,000. In 2008 and 2009, we more than doubled that, to over Rs. 1,20,000, and in our fourth funding cycle we granted Rs. 1,35,000. People eligible to apply should be at least 18 years of age on the 31st of March 2011, and be currently enrolled students of a college in Mumbai (IIT Bombay and St. Xavier's college in Mumbai have preferential treatment, since many of our donors/organizers are alums of those colleges - students from other colleges will be considered under the wild-card entries).