How I ended up applying and winning a Google Scholarship! — Part 1

Sidak Pal Singh
5 min readJun 8, 2018

Update: Part two is published now. Check it out here.

I remember it was mid-March, 2016, when I first heard about this scholarship from Google, launched in the memory of Venkat Panchapakesan (a Google VP who led engineering at YouTube). Essentially, they look for students enrolled in Indian universities, who are passionate about computer science and engineering (I would highly recommend reading the other requirements and objectives of this scholarship to those interested).

The scholarship offered 750$ towards education expenses and a fully paid trip to the Google and YouTube offices in California! This part seemed enticing and I thought that I should apply for sure. But, then I took a look at the application process and to be honest, it seemed a lot of work with three essays, two recommendation letters and also a YouTube video. I essentially gave up on this, thinking in my mind that the odds of me winning were pretty low.

I literally forgot about the scholarship and a few days passed by, when fortunately while having lunch with some of my college friends, this topic implicitly got mentioned. A friend was telling how he needs some letter of recommendations urgently for something that he was applying, but didn't say anything on what it was about. I realised that there was almost no other deadline around that time, except for this scholarship by Google.

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Sidak Pal Singh

PhD student at ETH Zürich and MPI-IS Tübingen. Likes reading philosophy, sauntering in the nature & playing badminton. https://twitter.com/unregularized