With dance and music the Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago celebrated its 15th annual “Punjabi Youth Graduation and Scholarships Awards Night” last month at Viceroy of India Banquets in Lombard, Illinois.
More than 250 attended the June 14 event headlined by Professor Sanjay Mehrotra of Northwestern University. The guests of honor were Class of 2015 graduates from the Punjabi community.
The celebration included key note address, recognition awards, scholarship, and cake-cutting ceremony besides DJ music, and networking, and delicious dinner.
Mehrotra, who is also Director of the university’s Health Engineering Center delivered an inspiring keynote. “I was never at the top of my class, but belief and persistence helped me get to where I am today. To be successful you must have the courage to say no to the distractions that will come your way,” Mehrotra said in his keynote. “You must be good and do good, and stay out of trouble, it is not a rocket science,” he added. Gurpreet Kaur Dhaliwal of William Fremd High School Palatine won the $1000 PCS Scholarship for her scholastic accomplishments, cultural programs participation, and community service.
The scholarship and the graduation night dinner were sponsored by sisters Karamjeet Kaur, Diljeet Kaur, and Ranjeet Kaur Singh in memory of their father Dr. Pritam Singh a scholar, freedom fighter and an educationist.
The scholarship was also co-sponsored by Mohina Ahluwalia in memory of her husband Diljit Singh Ahluwalia. Others who cosponsored included Harinder Pal Singh, Dr. Surjit Singh Patheja, Raj Dhaliwal, Amritpal Singh Sangha, and Lakhvir Singh Sahota.
All Punjabi class of 2015 graduates was honored with PCS Certificates of Achievement.
“The purpose of this program is bonding and community building. It is to promote higher education among our next generation. Our children need appreciation, encouragement, and professional guidance,” said Vick Singh the P.C.S. president.
PCS’ next event, sports festival, is slated for August 2 at Falcon Park Recreation Center in Palatine Illinois.