Project Description:: VTT was asked to evaluate the USAID-funded “Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program” by MSI/USAID. The program’s objective was to help academically qualified and financially needy Pakistani students from underprivileged/remote areas pursue university studies at top Pakistani institutions in agriculture, business, engineering, and social sciences. The exercise’s purpose was to evaluate the impact of scholarships offered on academic career and fulfillment of scholarships’ objectives. Scholarships were offered for graduate and undergraduate programs to needy students in 11 universities across Pakistan. The program had a 25% quota reserved for women students hailing from remote/ vulnerable areas of the country. VTT held several stakeholder meetings with MSI to understand the evaluation assignment objectives, executed the project, and provided cleansed data sets to MSI. The project has been successfully concluded.