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In Honor of Nilesh S Patel - a lifelong student

United States


Please honor Nilesh by helping to bring basic education to every child across rural India.

Many family and friends have asked how they can help the Patel family during this difficult time. 

Please show your support for them by making a gift to the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation to support basic education in rural India.

Suryakant and Jayshri have always believed in education and have been longtime supporters of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation.  More than that, they have supported their two children, Nima and Nilesh, in their pursuit of education. Nima earned a Ph.D. and is a practicing Clinical Psychologist.  Nilesh was a lifelong student and eventually joined the California Highway Patrol in 2016.

Along the way to becoming a Highway Patrol Officer, Nilesh studied at four different institutions of higher education and had a constant thirst for knowledge.

Nilesh attended Highland High School in Bakersfield, CA.  He went on to Bakersfield College, where he ran track and played football and earned an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts.  He then earned a Bachelor's Degree at California State University, Northridge in Psychology.  After working in Bakersfield, he returned to school again - this time at California State University, Fullerton - where he studied Biochemistry.  Eventually he studied at the Medical University of Lublin [Poland] where he earned a Medical Degree in 2012.  Nilesh moved to Chicago, Illinois and completed his clinical rotations and began taking his medical licensing exams.

He was truly a lifelong student and had a brilliant mind.  Eventually he found his calling to help and protect others.  He was proud of his education and focused on learning in and outside of the classroom. 

How can you help? 

Please consider supporting education in honor of Nilesh Patel.  He will be truly missed, but you can help his legacy live on.  Sam and Jayshri encourage you to make a gift to the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation.






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$9,330 USD

Raised of $25,000 Goal

Campaign started: March 16, 2018
Campaign closed: February 09, 2019 (11:59 pm PST)


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