Hari Vishwanathan has instituted the Sonali Vishwanathan FIDA Scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh in the memory of his dear wife Sonali, who passed away unexpectedly.
“Sonali (1973-2017) was a beautiful, intelligent and highly talented person, who as a teacher touched the lives of a number of children positively. Although she had a Masters degree in Microbiology and was involved in research, she decided to follow her heart and pursue a career in child care…. qualifying herself at the NVQ Level 7 in London while working for the John Whitgift Foundation – a 400+ year old enterprise deeply involved in the education sector in Croydon (London).
Sonali’s enthusiasm, positive approach and her confidence ensured that she brought out the best in the children she taught and the team she managed. Well loved, respected and acknowledged at her place of work, she was the ideal mother and a wonderful wife, combining her role as a teacher and a homemaker in the most admirable manner.
Sonali was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and passed away in 2017 – a mere 7 months after the diagnosis. However, she lives on in our memories. Her ability to keep a smile on her face under all situations continues to inspire us and, while we miss her, we are grateful for the time we had with her and will cherish those memories forever. We hope to keep her memory alive through this scholarship – a living memory which will ensure that her legacy of making a positive difference to students will live on, long after she has passed away.
– Hari Vishwanathan
Ashok Badade, an orphan raised by his sister who herself works as a cook in various households, is the first recipient of the Sonali Vishwanathan Scholarship ‘2018.
Ashok aims to clear the entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Pune and be a scientist.