At the NASA India Convention in Bangalore, India, Vijay’s father Roy Varughese will inaugurate NASA India Scholarship Fund (NISF), a NASA program to support Architecture students who are economically disadvantaged. GBRI through its foundation I-believe.org is funding one segment of this scholarship in loving memory of Vijay Varughese Cherian, who was an endearing father, an obedient son, and a loving husband and pal to all his friends and colleagues.
Vijay was passionate about Architecture and helping friends and strangers alike. Vijay did his schooling at Navodaya Vidyalaya in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, and graduated from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum with a degree in Architecture. A free spirit, he enjoyed the silence as much as he enjoyed long intellectual conversations. An avid biker, he enjoyed cross-country bike tours on his Royal Enfield. Be it an early morning bike ride, an afternoon basketball game, a night-out architecture submission, or a late-night party, Vijay will be there with each of us in spirit.
The scholarship of Rs.25,000 per year will be awarded to four selected students from across India during their tenure as Architecture students. The selection of eligible students for this scholarship will be administered by the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA India). One of the 4 scholarships this year is reserved for a student in Architecture from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum where Vijay did his bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
Based on future funding, GBRI hopes to increase the number of scholarships it can award through this program.
Founded in 2010, and based in New York City, GBRI is an international sustainability education platform with a mission to make sustainability resources affordable and accessible to everyone across the globe. GBRI’s founder Jeslin Varghese was Vijay’s schoolmate, collegemate, and roommate for several years.