Lucknow Whizkid Bags Scholarship Worth Rs. 2 Crores

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While most of us Lucknow netizens were busy getting over the downed shutters at Tunday Kababi and dealing with the Anti –Romeo Squads, this boy from City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar, had his priorities sorted.

Lakshay Sharma

Lakshay Sharma, through his hard work and impossibly perfect SAT scores, has  secured 100% scholarship worth at least Rs. 2 crore. He’ll now pursue a course in engineering in computer science and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. And that is no small feat, considering its an Ivy league university rated among top 8 universities of the world.

Striking a balance between academics and the application process is key to his success, Sharma claimed. Explaining the application process, he said it is very holistic and involves writing up tons of essays, to universities in the US.

Like, thousands of other students, he went to Rajasthan’s Kota, India’s coaching city, after he finished his class 10th board exams from Lucknow to prepare for the Indian Institutes of Technology. There, he met Mr. Sanjeev Pandey, who advised him to apply for the universities in USA. THe boy from Lucknow was now taken under the mentorship of Mr. Sanjeev as part of the USA UnivQuest Programme. Mr. Senjeev went on to say  that, “we are proud to have identified, groomed and polished this gem for the world. Lakshay has proved his ability to compete with the best minds across the world.”

Designed to achieve, this 17-year old Lucknowite went on to state his previous accomplishments, “Consequently, I won a gold medal in the IJSO 2015, a bronze medal in the IOAA 2015, achieved All India Rank 13 in the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) and also got full scores in the standardised tests like ACT, all three SAT subject tests and all three AP exams.”


Lakshay secured a perfect 800 score in three SAT subject tests (physics, chemistry and mathematics II), an ACT composite score of 35 out of 36, TOEFL score of 115 out of 120.

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Like all geniuses, he’s eccentric at heart. In the time he’s not busy coming up with new ways to stun us, he can be found gazing at the vast, empty night sky or playing the synthesizer. “I enjoy the beautiful sights of galaxies and nebulae in the eyepiece of my telescope, especially the Orion Nebula with its gossamer tendrils and vivid colours,” he said.

Also a quiz enthusiast, he said, “playing the synthesiser helps me relax and refresh my mind whenever I get exhausted after studying, and I particularly enjoy playing Bollywood songs on the keyboard. Quizzing is a way for me to sharpen my scientific instincts and speed, and it becomes particularly enjoyable when the competition is tough.”

We wish this Lucknow prodigy the very best of luck in all his future endeavours.

Source: Hindustan Times

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