Dr. and Mrs. Dwivedi Scholarship for International Students


Dr. and Mrs. Dwivedi Scholarship for International Students
  • $78,881

    pledged of $125,000

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This project has no minimum! This project will receive all pledges made by midnight,

the legacy of Dr. Dwivedi and Mrs. Dwivedi

Dr. Chandradhar Dwivedi is a retired distinguished professor and department head emeritus of pharmaceutical sciences from SDSU. A native of India, Dr. Dwivedi came to the United States in 1973 to pursue his postdoctoral research. He joined the South Dakota State University as a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences within the College of Pharmacy in 1987. Dr. Dwivedi retired in 2013 after an illustrious 26-year career with State. He was an outstanding teacher, researcher, and administrator, instrumental in establishing the research program in pharmaceutical sciences.Along with his professional accomplishments, Dr. Dwivedi exemplified servant leadership through his selfless service to the international community on campus and beyond. He was also integral in creating the Indian student organization in 1988, which was one of the early international student organization established at SDSU. He served as a pillar of support for the Indian community, as well as the international community overall. Dr. Dwivedi's outreach as an ambassador impacted SDSU and extended throughout the state as well.True to the spirit of their Hindu faith of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (or "the whole world is one family"), Dr. Dwivedi and his wife Prabha treated everyone like family. Their kindness provided a sense of community and made Brookings a home away from home for international students. This scholarship is established to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Dwivedi, an exemplary first-generation immigrant who gave much more than he received when it came to the Jackrabbit community.

our mission

We are raising money to provide scholarships to international students at SDSU to defray the cost of travel and tuition. Our main goal is to provide scholarships to international undergraduate students, but we also aspire to support graduate students who do not have assistantships to alleviate their expenses for tuition, travel, and cost of living.


The Dr. and Mrs. Dwivedi Scholarship fundraising team is spearheaded by a group of committed SDSU alumni, faculty, and the SDSU Foundation. Many of us have been directly impacted and inspired by Dr. Dwivedi’s selfless service to the international community at SDSU. Dr. Dwivedi, a first-generation immigrant from India, serves as an exemplary role model through his outstanding professional accomplishments and service to the community. As first-generation immigrants ourselves, we understand the challenges and financial constraints that international students face in pursuing education in a foreign university. To this end, our main effort is to create a scholarship specifically for international students. Consistent with SDSU’s core value of diversity of community and ideas, the goal of this scholarship is to enrich the diversity at SDSU through international student recruitment. There are many benefits of having a diverse campus, and we hope to create better opportunities to do so. 


Our passion for giving back to the SDSU community stems from the inspiration of Dr. Dwivedi. We have been deeply impacted by the kindness and compassion shown by him and his wife during our time at SDSU. In addition to providing moral support, Dr. Dwivedi has financially helped numerous students. Unlike domestic students, there are very limited scholarship opportunities for international students. Furthermore, international students are not eligible for student loans or national scholarships. Our goal is to ease the financial burden so that international students can focus primarily on their studies. We aim to raise $120,000 to establish an endowment to honor Dr. and Mrs. Dwivedi’s legacy. This will provide 5-10 annual scholarships of $500-$1,000 to assist with some of the living, tuition, and travel costs for international undergraduate and graduate students.

Our Goal

We need your help to establish the Dr. and Mrs. Dwivedi International Students Scholarship program! This scholarship is an excellent opportunity to honor Dr. and Mrs. Dwivedi, who are an inspiration to many of us. Together, we can make a real difference for international students, who will then go on to make a difference in diverse communities across the state of South Dakota, in our nation, and around the world. Just as Dr. Dwivedi built a community for international Jackrabbits, we can build a community of support to achieve our goal.

If you prefer to make check donations, checks can be made out to the SDSU Foundation and can either be dropped off/mailed to the SDSU Foundation:

SDSU Foundation

Lohr Building

815 Medary Ave /Box 525

Brookings, SD 57007