Neil Patel Memorial Scholarship
Neil Ramesh Patel, 39, died on January 15, 2016, in a tragic accident near his home in Chandler, AZ. Neil was a proud, first generation American born son of Asian Indian immigrants. In his younger years, he worked multiple jobs in order to obtain his degree in Finance and Accounting from ASU and go on to pursue his American dreams. Neil’s parents immigrated to the US just before he was born and though he and his family struggled financially, he remained vigilant to work tirelessly for everything he would later earn and accomplish. Even after accomplishing so much in his short life, including becoming a manager for a global 500 company, Neil continued to give tirelessly of himself to his community, family, friends and even total strangers.
Neil was a dedicated athlete (weight lifter and runner), a lover of sports (because of the character and competition derived from them), a talented chef, animal lover and a dedicated son, brother, father and husband. He always wore a warm smile and carried a genuine friendly demeanor. He demonstrated an interest in each person, as well as their family, dreams and pursuits. He was a leader among men who effortlessly and continuously led by example.
As CS Lewis believed, “hardships prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny” – Neil’s family would like to ensure part of his legacy is helping a young student fulfil such destiny. Therefore, the goal of this award is to grant scholarship funding to a first-generation U.S. student who will be pursuing studies in finance, accounting, and/or business. The recipient will be one of high ideals and character who exemplifies Neil’s attributes; integrity, selflessness, discipline, tenacity and self-sacrificing love.
One (1) award of $2,000.
- Eligible applicants must be first-generation U.S. citizens or immigrants
- GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Please submit a 500-word essay (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font) explaining how you’ve overcome adversity
- Demonstrated ability of helping others, community service and/or demonstrated excellence in leadership