Arizona Tamil Sangam

Sri Murugan Patham Memorial Scholarship



In honoring the memory of Sri Murugan Patham for his numerous contributions to Arizona Tamil Sangam, and remembering his services to local communities and many Tamil communities around the world, Arizona Tamil Sangam would like to establish a Scholarship Program to recognize the accomplishments of Tamil students aspiring to pursue higher studies.


Scholarships for 2021:


The funding for these scholarships comes from various sources:  Satya Murugan and her family, Arizona Tamil Sangam, AZTS Tamil School and through the various fund raising activities organized by the Tamil Sangam.   The amount and number of scholarships will vary depending on the amount of money raised each year.

For 2021, AZTS is happy to announce the following scholarships:

  • $1000 Scholarship for a Tamil Student in Arizona

  • $500 Scholarship for a Tamil Student in Arizona

  • Judges may decide any consolation prize if needed (and amount will be decided later)


Eligibility for the scholarships:


Eligibility for scholarship applications in Arizona, United States:

  • At least 2 years of attendance in Arizona Tamil Sangam Tamil School

  • Must be a Junior or Senior in a High School located in the state of Arizona.

  • A candidate can apply only once for the scholarship (either in the junior year or senior year of the high school).

  • Must complete and submit the scholarship application form on their own.

  • Might need to attend interviews to demonstrate reading, writing and speaking skills in Tamil.

Administration and Selection Committee

The Administration and Selection Committee will be comprised of current or past AZTS board members, current or past Tamil School Directors and others nominated by AZTS Board of members each year.  The committee will follow an established process approved by AZTS Board of Directors to communicate to the public about the scholarship, solicit candidates and pick the winners for the scholarships. 


Timelines for 2021:


  • Sep 24, 2021: Make public announcements about the scholarships in Arizona

  • Oct 18, 2021: Deadline for submitting applications in AZ

  • Oct 30th/31st, 2021: Interviews and selection process

  • TBD: Scholarship Award announcement and distribution

Rules and Guidelines for the scholarships:

  • The scholarship award is only for the first year of college attendance.

  • Past winners cannot apply again in the future.

  • Must meet the qualifications identified earlier in this document.

  • Selection committee cannot consist of any parent of a scholarship application during that year.

  • Award money will be given in the form of a check in student’s name.

Selection Criteria used by the Committee:

The selection committee will use the following weighted criteria to select the winners of the scholarships in United States:


Written Essay                                                         - 20 Points

Reading Ability                                                      - 20 Points

Speaking Ability                                                    - 40 Points

Duration & Performance at AZTS Tamil School - 10 Points

Volunteer/Community Activities                         - 10 Points

Total                                                                       - 100 Points

For duration,  2 points will be given for every year of Tamil school attendance.

Scholarship Submission:

To download a copy of the application, please use the following link

Please email completed applications to

DO NOT FORGET:  Deadline for submitting applications is Oct 18th, 2021 8AM

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