Indiafest Brevard Scholarship Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$167,750 (2021)

Year Established

2011

Purpose

Provide financial support for a Brevard Community College (BCC) graduate to transfer to Florida Tech. (GF000100)

Description

Students must have filed their FAFSA; must be in good academic standing; a graduate of BCC; a proven history of community involvement and volunteering; residents from Brevard County are eligible. If the candidate meets all other criteria except residency, Central Florida residents from the following counties will be considered: Volusia, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Indian River, and Polk. Preference given to renewal to the same student in subsequent semesters.


History

Indiafest started 20 in the 1990’s as a celebration of India’s rich culture and traditions. Indiafest is a symbol of cultural enrichment in Brevard County and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. This well-run festival has a fresh and new look year after year. A different theme is presented each year showing the unique aspects of India’s culture, history and traditions.

Indiafest is a fun family festival that brings focus and a sharing of Indian culture in Brevard County.

An admirable factor of this festival is its commitment to community service with a purpose of cultural enlightenment. Indiafest is a volunteer run, non-profit, cultural organization, known for its charitable efforts, supporting over $1 million for a variety of charitable causes including Florida Tech.

Other beneficiaries have included: Haitian earthquake relief, Florida hurricane relief, early intervention programs, Daily Bread, Serene Harbor, Crosswinds, the Cancer Care Center, and Sentinels of Freedom – Veterans Re-Training Program as well as The Children’s Hunger Project, Promise in Brevard, Habitat for Humanity, and Shriners of Brevard.

In 2011 Indiafest established an Endowment Scholarship at Florida Tech for a Brevard student and in 2020 named the Panther Dining Atrium with a gift that provided emergency loan support for students.

Indiafest offers something of interest for everyone, from hands on activities for the youths, to shopping for adults, to mouth-watering Indian cuisine, yoga demonstrations, and all day entertainment.  The stage comes alive with performances by local artistes dancing to traditional folk, classical, and modern Indian music while the fashion show is a highlight of the day.

The grounds buzz with vendors selling jewelry, rich colorful ethnic garments, arts and crafts, music and videos. Participants enjoy temporary body art of exotic Henna designs while the aroma of the tantalizing flavors of food being prepared, entice the taste buds.

Today, as technology make the world smaller and more accessible, assimilation of the different cultures is very real and the need to appreciate each other is ever more apparent.

At Indiafest visitors take back a part of India’s rich cultural heritage – be it arts and crafts, food, jewelry, music, dance, or clothes.

Recipients:

2019   Isabel Cordero Mendez and Thomas Dunham

2020   Isabel Cordero Mendez, Thomas Dunham, and Jacob Smith

2021   Thomas Dunham and Jacob Smith