To the financially disadvantaged students, obtaining financial assistance through a scholarship is a big incentive to work harder. Knowing this and to encourage merit, the government has introduced various scholarships. The National Merit and Means Scheme is one such which offers Rs. 500 a month for students from classes 8th to 12 Std. Pratham prepares selected students to undertake the exam and inculcate a spirit of competition among lesser privileged children.