Buddhist Scholarships

Buddhist Scholarships

Buddhist scholarships can be found from several sources.  There are scholarships in 2013 available for students interested in studying Buddhism from a religious, scholastic, and historical standpoint rather than practicing Buddhism as well as scholarships available to followers of Buddhism.

Frederick P. Lenz Foundation

Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, each year awards two $2,500 Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship.   The scholarship is renewable, but students must reapply.  Students should be entering their junior or senior year at Naropa University and have an interest in Buddhism in the United States, and submit an essay describing their goals as a Naropa student, their vision for what they would do with their Naropa education after graduation, and how the student hopes to contribute to American Buddhism.  To renew the scholarship, recipients must maintain a 3.5 GPA and remain full-time students.

Betsuin Scholarship

The San José Buddhist Church Betsuin Scholarships are for high school seniors whose families have been in the San José Buddhist Church for at least a year.   Seven different scholarships are awarded every year.  Emphasis includes: academic achievement, community activities, work experience, business education, the Bodhisatva ideal, and activity in the Buddhist Church.  The deadlines are May 16th.  For further details, contact barrytao@gmail.com .

Tzu Chi Foundation

The Tzu Chi Scholars Program has a deadline of March 1st each year.  The Tzu Chi Foundation awards the scholarships in recognition of academic achievement, community service, based on financial need.  $1,000 awarded to each scholar. Sometimes scholarships are awarded as renewable for four years, in special circumstances.   A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.  To demonstrate financial need, candidates should submit U.S. Income Tax Returns from their families or an official document to prove financial hardship.  A two-page autobiography is also required, including the reasons of financial need, personal and academic achievements (with specific examples), academic and career plans (with specific goals) and past and current involvement in the community and how you can make a difference in the future.  Candidates also must submit a one-page essay about Tzu Chi and how it inspires you.   See us.tzuchi.org for more information.

Since Buddhist scholarships, as many scholarships, sometimes are based on financial need, make sure to complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) forms (ideally in early January).  With preparation, you could be awarded a Buddhist scholarship.