Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship

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About Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship

Every year Google offers the Venkat Memorial Scholarship to 6 students from India pursuing Computer Science or a closely related field.

Application deadline

May 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm IST

Who is Venkat Panchapakesan?

Venkat was a much loved and highly respected engineer whose career took him to YouTube, Google and Yahoo, among other notable companies. He tragically passed away, too young, after a battle with cancer. During his short time he deeply touched the hearts and minds of his friends, family and colleagues. He taught us to be generous, humble, ever-optimistic and to always find the best in people. In memory of late Venkat Panchapakesan, Google is offering scholarships to outstanding students pursuing Computer Science and related fields.


Selected students will receive

  1. A financial award of 750 USD towards tuition and education related expenses
  2. An invitation to visit the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, USA.
  3. An opportunity to submit a proposal, and potentially receive a funding of up to 225 USD to spend on growing computer science in the local community.


To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  1. Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college/university in India, for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic year
  2. Be currently pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field

Expected Candidate Profile

Google is specifically looking for university students who:

  • Aspire to be computer scientists and technology leaders
  • Exemplify leadership skills and a demonstrated passion for computer science and technology
  • Assist those around them to excel in the field of computer science and technology
  • Help their friends and family members use computer science and technology
  • Leverage the field of computer science to transform systems (from building the next game changing technology, to even helping families be happy, etc.)
  • Have faced adversity and overcome it to continue learning and growing in the field of computer science

Application Process

  1. Write an essay (300 words maximum) to tell us about the following:
    1. How do you plan to use computer science to make the world a more sustainable place?
    2. If you receive this scholarship, how will you use it to advance your passion and the goals of this scholarship?
  2. Write an essay (250 words maximum) to tell us about the following: What adversity have you faced, and how did it impact your career? Please explain the steps you took to overcome it.
  3. Submit a video (1 minute maximum) telling us why you would like to receive this scholarship. Please upload it to YouTube and share the link in the application.
  4. Submit your resume/CV. Be sure to include your experience in the area of computer science, as well as your leadership experiences and the impact you have created.
  5. Submit 2 letters of recommendation. They can be from your faculty or supervisors at your workplace (internship, part-time job, full-time job).

Application Walktrough

Application Link

You may read our Application Walkthrough here

Previous Winners

2016 Cohort
College Hometown
Prince Raju M A College of Engineering, Kerala Ernakulam
Aditi Mithal Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi Delhi
Shivam Kumar Jadavpur University, Kolkata Kolkata
Sidak Pal Singh IIT Roorkee Ludhiyana, Punjab
Chodisetty Lakshmi Sirisha International Institute od Information Technology, Bangalore Hyderabad
Bhavana Jain IIT, Hyderabad --


  1. Generic Application Tips and Tricks
  2. Guide to Creating a Resume
  3. Organising your University Transcripts
  4. Selecting your Recommenders


  1. Application Link
  2. Application Video submitted by Previous Winners, 2016
  3. Twitter list of Previous Winners, 2016


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