The government sponsored scheme called “Pre Matric Scholarship Scheme” for SC & ST students of Class IX and X is going to be implemented by Odisha government, in collaboration with the Department for International Development, DFID.
The scheme allots an annual scholarship of Rs 2250 to the day scholar boys and that of Rs 3200 to the day scholar girls. As many as 10000 high schools across 30 districts are benefiting from the scheme. Nearly 4.27 lakh students registered under the scheme in the year 2014-15, and a total of Rs 128 crore was transferred directly to their bank accounts. The scheme has been effective for bringing back 1560 dropouts back to school.
Currently, the scheme is open for registration for 2015-16, with the last date for the application being 31st August, 2015. The application forms are available for download on the website www.stscodisha.gov.in.