Varsha Varman who hails from Madhya Pradesh, India knew what was like having very limited options. From where she came from, girls were not taught to have their own dreams. Girls into sports was unheard of, much more so pursuing a law degree or engaging in politics. Attending Harvard is thought of as a little more of a fantasy. But Varman had her own plans.
She is now nearing the end of her junior year in economics at the prestigious school. On top of this, she is a part of the varsity crew team and now has her eyes set for law school. How was she able to make it? She says that financial aid played a big role in it.
And she is not the only one who’s in Harvard on financial aid. Data shows that most of the students are given financial aid in here and only pay 10 percent of annual family income, or an equivalent of $12,000 a year. Students who come from families with incomes below $65,000 don’t pay for anything.
Varman says that she was already aware of the existence of Harvard’s financial aid even before she applied. She claims that she would not even have thought of getting educated in here if not for the financial aid. She recalls getting her acceptance letter that came together with the financial aid, and just like that, she felt like she had won a jackpot prize.
In the past, Varman says that she was not even aware of Harvard’s existence, having been raised in one of the most rural places in the world. Today, she is aspiring for something which is significantly a lot higher.
Varman is a sport shooter with a junior world record in the double trap event under her belt. She hopes that one day, she would be able to showcase her talent in the Olympics. She wants to attend law and come back to India where she hopes to provide legal aid in rural areas. Varman says that she is also interested in joining politics.
Varman’s story is an example of how financial aid can bring hope to today’s youth.