Cummins creates education opportunities for traditionally and economically-disadvantaged students, enabling them to follow their dreams.
At Cummins, the belief goes that education is a necessary tool and a foundation to uplift the weaker sections of society. Special scholarship programs have been put in place to empower needy students with educational and financial assistance. What distinguishes the Cummins Scholarship Program is that it aims for gender equality by providing girls a platform to opt for higher education in the stream of engineering, medicine, teaching, nursing, etc.
Approach and effort
The Cummins Scholarship Program was incepted in the year 2006 at Pune with 13 students being awarded scholarships. Over last few years, the scholarship program has become immensely successful and expanded to Cummins' other locations like Jamshedpur, Pithampur, Dewas, Ahmednagar and Phaltan. The program offers:
- Scholarship which includes college fee and stationery reimbursement.
- Communication with schools, junior colleges, engineering colleges, diploma institutions, NGOs & Trusts offering educational assistance
- Zero liability in terms of bond or any other condition for repayment of the scholarship on students
- Mentorship projects and internship opportunities
This program contributes in a large way to the organization's initiative of Every Employee Every Community (EEEC) which mandates an employee to devote minimum 4 hours of their working time towards any community-related project undertaken by Cummins.
The program that started with mere 13 students in 2006 and has grown phenomenally and till date around 1139 deserving students have been awarded with the scholarships with a plan to add 200 per year onwards.
In addition to the Scholarship program, Cummins has also collaborated with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, an educational Trust in India set up towards the empowerment of Indian women through academic and financial assistance, to provide a platform for women towards higher education in areas of Law, Humanities, Science, Engineering & Management. The Masters Program for the Lila Fellows, who aspire to pursue post-graduation education, is funded by the Cummins India Foundation, who draws out a developmental plan in addition to the ongoing efforts put in by the Lila Poonawalla Foundation. In addition to mentoring the identified students, projects are also identified and internship opportunities are offered to the women by providing them sufficient training.