More than 250 attended the Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago 18th Annual “Punjabi Youth Graduation and Scholarships Awards Night” held recently, at Viceroy of India Banquet Hall in Lombard, Illinois. Several graduates were honored and scholarships were awarded to the Punjabi Class of 2018.
The celebration included an inspiring keynote address by Professor Mohanbir Singh Sawhney, the McCormick Tribune Professor of Technology at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
“An enterprise requires a unique product to be successful in the market place – lo and behold you already are unique due to your appearance, family values and hard work ethic. Don’t sell it short,” Professor Sawhney is quoted saying according to the press release.
The motivational Kevindeep Singh Atwal, shared his journey to success with the gathering. Atwal grew up participating in PCS programs, and is a past board member, a Northewestern University and London School of Economics graduate, but now a Business Development Program Management professional at a large Bay Area technology company.
Avijit Singh Nandra of Fremd High School Palatine, Illinois won the first place $1000 scholarship and Simer Singh of Lake Zurich High School won the second place $750 scholarship.
Each member of the Class of 2018 was honored with a certificate of accomplishment and a cash gift check.
Rajpreet Kaur Dhaliwal was the chief guest. The PCS Scholarship fund and the event was sponsored by Mohina Ahluwalia in the memory of Diljit Singh Ahluwalia; Dr. Diljeet Kaur Singh and Dr. Karamjeet Kaur Singh in the fond memory of their father Dr. Pritam Singh; Bhupinder Singh Dhaliwal; Kevindeep Singh Atwal; Harinder Singh M.I.T.S.; Jasbir Singh Bhalla; Amrit Mittal; Gurdeep Singh Nandra; Dr. Jasvinder Singh Chawla, and Surinder Kumar Jain of Viceroy of India Banquets.
During the event, the participants of “Rangla Punjab 2018,” a PCS Annual Vaisakhi cultural program that took place on March 31, also received their appreciation awards.