The mission of The Nikhil Badlani Foundation (the “Foundation”) is to expand and enhance the lives of underserved children in West Orange, New Jersey, and neighboring communities through individualized lessons for talented musicians, scholarships for graduating seniors, and traffic safety awareness and education for all.
The Foundation is committed to teen driving safety and has partnered with schools, state and local authorities to promote awareness of traffic rules and improved traffic safety by spreading the message “Drive Smart. Save a Life.” Nikhil’s Law was implemented in 2015 to ensure the safety of the drivers and pedestrians.
The Foundation helps children pursue their passion for music by providing individualized music lessons for free or at a reduced cost to talented and need based students from West Orange and neighboring towns. These lessons foster creativity, self-esteem and confidence in children.
The Foundation awards academic scholarships to need based graduating senior students who demonstrate academic achievement, good character, artistic ability, and community involvement.
Nikhil was a talented, fun-loving, caring and compassionate 11-year-old boy who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was eager to learn and always excelled in school. He was creative and expressed himself in music and theater. Most of all, his curiosity led him to constantly explore the world around him, always with a smile on his face.
His friends and family remember Nikhil not just as a straight-A student and a gifted musician, but a loyal and loving young man, and one who was always ready and willing to help others. His smile was infectious, and his sweetness was remarkable. During the short time he was with us, Nikhil truly touched the hearts of everyone he met.