Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship

Application deadline extended until September 15, 2019.

  • Overview

    Venkat was a much loved and highly respected engineer whose career took him to YouTube, Google, and Yahoo, among other notable companies. He tragically passed away too young, after a battle with cancer. During his short time he deeply touched the hearts and minds of his friends, family and colleagues. He taught us to be generous, humble, ever-optimistic and to always find the best in people.

    Are you an ever-optimistic person who believes we can make the world a more sustainable place? Are you passionate about the field of computer science and engineering? Are you already using computer science to develop solutions for some of the challenges, or opportunities, that you see around you?

    If yes, we invite you to apply for the Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship. Selected students will receive a financial award of 750 USD towards tuition and education related expenses, and will be invited to visit the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, USA. Selected students will also have an opportunity to submit a proposal, and potentially receive a funding of up to 225 USD to spend on growing computer science in the local community.

    We are specifically looking for university students who:

    • Aspire to be computer scientists and technology leaders
    • Exemplify leadership skills and a demonstrated passion for computer science and technology
    • Assist those around them to excel in the field of computer science and technology
    • Help their friends and family members use computer science and technology
    • Leverage the field of computer science to transform systems (from building the next game changing technology, to even helping families be happy, etc.)
    • Have faced adversity and overcome it to continue learning and growing in the field of computer science
  • Terms & Conditions

    Terms & Conditions

    • Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.
    • The selection will be full and final, and the applicants will confirm they will not dispute the same at any point of time.
    • The Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship award of 750 USD must be spent on tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the students' classes at their primary university.
    • Scholarship recipients may also be awarded a grant of 225 USD towards developing the local community in areas of computer science, upon submitting a proposal.
    • Tax liability, if any, in relation to this scholarship award will have to be borne by the scholarship recipient.
    • Scholarship recipients must be enrolled as full-time students for the academic years 2018-­2019 and 2019-2020. Enrollment will be verified after the winners are selected, and all scholarship payments will be made directly to the student to be used towards tuition and education related expenses.
    • We will withhold the award for any scholar who no longer meets the eligibility requirements and revoke the award for any scholar who does not maintain the eligibility requirements.
    • Any employee of Google Inc. including its affiliates and subsidiaries are not eligible to apply for Google scholarships.
    • Persons who are (1) residents of embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily resident in embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs may not apply for this scholarship.
  • Questions


    What is this scholarship about?

    This is a scholarship that will support university students in making the world a more sustainable place using technology and are passionate about the field of computer science and engineering. Students who are already using computer science to develop solutions for some of the challenges, or opportunities, that they see around them are invited to apply for the Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship.

    Can international students apply?

    This scholarship is exclusively for Computer Science students who are enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college/university in India, for the current academic year.

    Can previous scholarship applicants re-apply?

    Previous applicants can re-apply. Previous recipients of any Google scholarships are not eligible to reapply, including the Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship, are not eligible to apply.

    Application & Essay Documents

    How do I send in my application?

    You will need to fill this form.

    What format should my resume be in?

    You will need to upload a .pdf of your resume to Google drive. Be sure to include your experience in the area of computer science, as well as your leadership experiences and the impact you have created. Please ensure that you name the file with the naming convention <FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME> and make sure you share it with "anyone with the link". For details on how to upload and share your files to "anyone with the link" look at the links below:

    Which format should I use to submit my documents in?

    All applications should be submitted in PDF, Google Docs, or .doc format. We are unable to accept applications that are not submitted in these formats.

    Will there be an extension in the deadline for submission?

    No, there will be no extensions on the application deadline. Please refer to the site for details on last date of submission.

    How will I know if my application has been received?

    An email will be sent to you as soon as the application is submitted.

    Can I submit my application in a language other than English?

    All Google Scholarship review processes are administered in English. Please submit all application documents in English — we will not be able to consider applications in other languages at this time.


    How do I submit the Video?

    Please upload it on YouTube and share the link with us on the form. If you prefer your video to be viewable by only those with the link to the video, you may make it unlisted. Please see this link for more details:

    What type of leadership activities should I include on my CV?

    Please list any examples of leadership within your wider technology community. This might include teaching, tutoring, lecturing, mentoring, organizing summits, conferences or workshops, hackathons, or contributing to open source projects. Tell us about the impact you’ve made.


    In the essay questions, you suggested the number of words should be 250-300 per question. How strict is this requirement?

    Whilst 250-300 is a guideline, we recommend you stick as closely to the word limit as possible.

    How do I submit the essay?

    Please type in the essay on the application form.

    Recommendation letter

    Recommendation letter

    How can I submit my recommendation letters?

    We require you to submit two letters of recommendation. They can be from your faculty or supervisors at your workplace (internship, part-­time job, full-­time job). You are required to input the recommenders' details in the application form. The recommenders shall be contacted for providing a letter of recommendation for you and verification.

    I'm unable to get a recommendation from my current university course/I don't feel my current lecturers know me well enough to be my reference. What should I do?

    If you're unable to get a reference from your current university, you can use somebody else. This person should know you well enough to comment on your abilities. Ideally from a member of faculty or a tutor who can comment on your work.

    Other questions

    If you didn't find the answer you need on the Scholarship page or in these FAQs, please email