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Mariam Verghese Memorial Award

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George Verghese, Newton, MA (USA)

Honoring Mariam Verghese (1923-2016): The sponsors of this award wish to help girl students from poor families in memory of Mariam Verghese. To family and friends Mariam is known as Rajamma, a name that is descriptive of her personality and bearing throughout her life. She was a brilliant student, obtaining a postgraduate degree in physics from the University of Kerala, and later, during a break in her teaching career, an MA degree in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Rajamma excelled as a teacher, starting in Colombo and Jaffna in Sri Lanka, followed by service in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and briefly in Birmingham, England. Later, when the family moved to the USA, she joined the Gaudineer School in Springfield, New Jersey. There she taught science and mathematics to middle school students, and also a special class for the gifted and talented.

After retirement the couple moved to Pompano Beach, Florida and eventually back to India, where they lived in Trivandrum for many years. In 2009 they returned to the USA to live near two of their sons, Abraham (Sajan) and Philip (Biju), and their families, in Palo Alto, California. They moved in 2016 to live with their oldest son George (Reji) and his family in Newton, Massachusetts.

During her retirement, Rajamma wrote a journal describing life in Kerala in the 1930's and 40's, addressed as a letter to her granddaughter (and titled Dear Deia), with hand drawn sketches of various items typical of Kerala life. The family intends to publish this as a book in the near future.

The family mourns the passing of this loving wife, mother, and grandmother, but also celebrates a life lived fully on four continents, and cherishes her as a shining beacon for the family all her life - and beyond.

Award Recipients

NoYearRef. NoStudent NameCourseAmount
(in ₹)
12017 IDK -2017250Anu Maria Santhosh, Mullathanathu, Ayyappancoil POBSN15,000

Mariam Verghese Memorial Award

Mariam Verghese Memorial Award is part of ICON Excellence Award (IEA). It is an yearly educational assistance program for smart students who are from financially disadvantaged families. It is a partial financial assistance to continue and complete their current course.

Memorialize and honor your loved ones or family establishing an award to benefit these students.


Award No: 265 started in 2017. Total money awarded(Rs):15,000 for 1 students.


Mariam Verghese, wife of George Cheeran Verghese (of Mannar/Parumala) and daughter of the late Varkey Abraham (Kunjaichan) of Puthenpurackal, Maramon. Mariam was born on May 19, 1923 in Maramon, Kerala, and passed away at age of 93 on November 25, 2016 in Newton, MA, USA.

Year Students Amount (Rs)
2017 1 15,000

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Email: info@ICONCharities.org    Phone: (+1) 309-269-3247    Address: P O Box 552, Bettendorf, IA 52722 (USA).

Religious Outlook and Non-Discrimination Policy: ICON Charities, Indian Christian Orthodox Network Charities, is a non-religious non-profit organization and is not affiliated to any church organization. The driving passion of the organizers of ICON Charities is Christ's teachings of universal love and compassion. Its operating philosophy is "do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God" and its relationship with its stakeholders is "let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" and "bear one another's burdens."

Though the organization guiding principles are rooted in Christ's teachings and its current board members belong to Indian (Malankara) Orthodox heritage, it accepts support from all and serves all without any discrimination. We are committed to mutual respect of all religions and non-proselytization. We believe that "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."