Atlanta, GA: Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) hosted its scholarship ceremony for 2014 on Sunday, September 21 at Hyderabad’s Ravindra Bharathi. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Telangana’s Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Revenue Minister Mahamood Ali, educationist Chukka Ramaiah IIT, film song writer and national Nandi award recipient Suddhala Ashok Teja, MLC Sudhakar Reddy, and Rotary President Sridhar.
The students accompanied by parent, or guardian or teacher arrived at Ravindra Bharathi from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana region. TAMA Scholarship Project coordinator Seetha Vallurupalli greeted and conversed with scholarship recipients and their parents and teachers. They expressed their happiness that TAMA was making efforts in identifying the district toppers and recognizing them with scholarship awards. They thanked TAMA and TAMA donors for hosting the scholarship ceremony.
Seetha Vallurupalli began the ceremony with the introduction of the scholarship project, noting that TAMA was awarding 46 scholarships to meritorious students of 13 districts from Andhra Pradesh and 10 districts from Telungana. (one boy and one girl from each district).
Ashok Teja advised the students to use their time wisely and lauded them for performing well in their studies. He exhorted them to continue their efforts in future in reaching their goal so that one day they would be in a position to give scholarship to other students. Chukka Ramaih lamented that the government had neglected public schools for a long period and urged it to do more in reaching the poor and needy students. Sudhakar Reddy also reiterated that the government had been neglecting public schools and requested Deputy CM Mahamood Ali to undertake necessary changes in the education system so that government schools can have more resources to help the poor. Sridhar said that Rotary has always been helping people and was proud to support the scholarship project. Minister Mahamood Ali responded saying that the government was hiring a lot of extra police force to ensure that students in remote places can also attend the schools without fear. He assured the gathering that he will ensure that every child will attend school.
All the dignitary guests at the event appreciated TAMA’S efforts in reaching out to the students and motivating them by giving scholarships to district toppers. TAMA’s scholarship ceremony was made possible with the generosity of the platinum sponsor Pramod Sajja of Paramount Software Solutions, Dr.Ravi Sarma, KrishanMohan Pinnamaneni, Ravi Kandimalla, Padma Krishna Reddy, Ram Mohan RaoVadlamudi, Vijay Kothapalli, Dr.Srini Gangasani, Goutham Gurram, Venkat Meesala, Ramesh Gude, MalathiNagabhiravi, and Padma Nadella.
“TAMA wishes to thank all the sponsors and also Papolu Prasad, the founding member of Rotary Mid Town Hyderabad for helping TAMA in reaching out to the schools and students,” said Vallurupalli. She also thanked Viju Chiluveru for designing, preparing and sponsoring the certificates. “Thanks also to Sudhakar Reddy for his continuous efforts at making the TAMA Scholarship Project a huge success, and also to Rotary for sponsoring the event venue and food packets. Kudos to all the volunteers inIndia,” she added.