SALISBURY, Md. - An
engineer-turned-businessman, Viren Sharma came to America years ago seeking
opportunity. He capitalized on his chances, and he's tired of seeing American
students squander theirs.
Through the Community
Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Viren Sharma is giving out scholarships for
students who are pursuing degrees in math, science, or engineering. Sharma is
an engineer by education and training, but he says he "turned into a
businessman really on Delmarva."
There are two scholarships
being offered, each worth $2,000. They're available to
graduating seniors at James M. Bennett High school in Salisbury, where Sharma's
But this effort is about
more than family ties. He came to America for opportunity -- and he thinks this
nation should thrive in these technological fields.
"I feel that technology,
math, science, and engineering are very important for the growth of the country
itself. All the innovation, everything's going to come from these people. I
feel that there should be more emphasis on these areas so that in this
important area of education -- or educated people -- should be in this country
itself, not have to rely on other countries," says Viren.
Applications are available
at Bennett High and online the Community Foundation's website, www.cfes.org.
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