Tarandi Foundation supports Oswego's Sheldon Institute

The Tarandi Foundation has granted $1,500 to SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Institute, to provide scholarships for five students in need of financial assistance.

Sheldon Institute, slated for July 31 to Aug. 11, is a “mini-school” for students in grades 2 through 10. Now in its 28th year, the program is designed to meet the academic and cultural needs of motivated and creative students. It is named after Edward Austin Sheldon, who founded the college in 1861.

“The Tarandi Foundation’s generosity will enable these five participants, who may not have the means of their own, to attend this year’s two-week educational enrichment program on our campus,” said Dr. Linda Rae Markert, dean of Oswego’s School of Education.

“The major focus of our challenging courses is discovery-based, hands-on authentic learning,” Markert added. “Emphasis is devoted to field studies, laboratory experimentation and total immersion activities.”

The program proved a good fit for the Tarandi Foundation. “Sheldon Institute is aligned with the mission of the Tarandi Foundation in promoting education and helping students in Oswego County move forward,” said Neelesh Ravindra Shah, who serves as a trustee of the foundation along with his sister, Dr. Monica Ravindra Shah.

“Our mission is to help education through scholarships and community support. Sheldon Institute was a great way to combine those two in one donation,” Shah added.

The Tarandi Foundation was begun by the late Oswego physicians Dr. Manjula R. Shah and Dr. Ravindra F. Shah over two decades ago to focus on education and scholarships, and other community support in Central New York, across the United States and in India. They named the foundation for Tara, Manjula Shah’s mother, and Anandi, Ravindra Shah’s mother.

Manjula and Ravindra Shah perished in a plane crash outside of Boston in 2003. Manjula Shah was an anesthesiologist who practiced in Fulton and Oswego. Ravindra Shah was a urologist and associate professor of surgery at SUNY Health Sciences Center in Syracuse. He was also a retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Air National Guard.

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(Posted: Jul 20, 2006)