Applications due by Feb. 1, 2023, awards will be announced in May
Each scholarship comes with a $5,000 cash prize
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools officials announced the creation of the Dr. Mukesh and Vanita Gaglani Scholarship and West Shore Teacher and Staff Scholarship.
The Dr. Mukesh and Vanita Gaglani Scholarship is named after the parents of Shiv Gaglani and his sister, Dr. Anushka Gaglani. Shiv graduated from West Shore in 2006, and Anushka graduated from Cocoa Beach International Baccalaureate in 2002.
After graduating from Harvard College, Shiv began medical school at Johns Hopkins, where he co-founded Osmosis.org. This popular learning platform educates millions of students, healthcare professionals, patients, families, and the general public worldwide.
A dentist and fellow entrepreneur, Anushka is co-founder and CEO of Areo Dental Group in Chicago, which runs half-a-dozen dental practices and counting.
Together Shiv and Anushka wanted to give back to Brevard students, teachers, and parents by setting up two scholarships.
The first, named after their parents, Dr. Mukesh and Vanita Gaglani, who immigrated from India to Africa to the United States, recognizes parental figures who have shaped the lives of BPS students.
The second, named after West Shore Teachers and Staff, honors the teachers and staff members who helped shape Shiv’s journey at West Shore and beyond.
In particular, Shiv was influenced by Annie Nery, who helped instill in him a core discipline for overcoming challenges; the late Jim Melia, who believed anything was possible and in the importance of having fun at work; and Mrs. Sherie Jenkins, who cultivated his love for science and research that ultimately influenced his entrepreneurial journey.
The key requirement of the application is to write a letter of appreciation to your parents, parental figures, or a teacher or staff member articulating the lessons you’ve learned from them and why you’re appreciative.
In addition, each applicant will receive complimentary access to advice and strategies around building stronger relationships and other personal and professional development topics – the successful implementation of which will be worth far more than any scholarship.
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be a Brevard Public School student, complete the application on time, and provide meaningful responses.
Each scholarship comes with a $5,000 cash prize, half of which will be awarded to the winning student and the other half to their parents/parental figures or teacher/staff member who is the subject of their letter of appreciation. Finally, at least one student from West Shore will be awarded a scholarship.
Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2023, and the awards will be announced in May.