Tarandi Foundation supports students at Sheldon Institute

Students participate in Sheldon Institute.The Tarandi Foundation has once again ensured that young students needing financial assistance could participate in the Sheldon Institute at SUNY Oswego.

The foundation begun by late Oswego physicians Dr. Manjula R. Shah and Dr. Ravindra F. Shah granted $3,450 to provide financial aid during the institute in its 31st year. The money was used to pay tuition for 14 students to attend the two-week summer educational enrichment program.

“It’s a wonderful experience for those students, and we are thrilled they were able to participate in the Sheldon Institute,” said Kathy Bartley, the institute’s director.

Each year, more than 100 children in grades two through 10 are invited to campus to participate in writing workshops, science classes and cultural activities, among many other learning experiences.

“We continue to believe that Sheldon Institute is an important part of continuing to push our students to excel at a high level,” said Neelesh Ravindra Shah, who serves as a trustee of the foundation along with his sister, Dr. Monica Ravindra Shah. “What I love about it is that it shows SUNY Oswego is reaching out and impacting more students in the community.”

The Tarandi Foundation also extends financial support to Artswego, which presents professional performing artists on the SUNY Oswego campus and coordinates educational residency programs with public schools and other organizations in Central New York. Tarandi’s support funds visits by Artswego guest artists to perform at Oswego County schools and interact with students through programs such as music clinics.

The Sheldon Institute is sponsored by Team Sheldon and SUNY Oswego’s School of Education. The Tarandi Foundation was founded in the early 1990s and is dedicated to supporting and promoting education and community service in Central New York, the U.S. and India.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Sheldon summer—SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Institute welcomed more than 100 second- to 10th-grade students to campus July 27 to Aug. 7. The 31st edition of the institute included writing workshops, science classes and cultural activities, among many other educational experiences.

(Posted: Aug 12, 2009)

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