PROJECT: University Scholarship Program in India for Tibetan Students

OFT’S UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Since it is very difficult for students to finance courses beyond High School, OFT decided to provide University scholarships annually to 3 students starting in 2015 on the special occasion of HH the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday. An additional student was added in 2016. The Department of Education chooses three first year undergraduates to receive these scholarships until their graduation.

FIRST GRADUATES

2018 TENZIN KUNSEL’S GRADUATION STATEMENT:

”First of all I want to give my hearty gratitude to OTTAWA FRIENDS OF TIBET-CANADA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, for making my dream seem more like reality. This scholarship has enabled me to commit to studying and further myself without additional worries. The options that are now open to me are numerous and I feel that whichever path I choose I have the confidence, skills and motivation to succeed at whatever I do. For me this scholarship is about much more than being able to study freely but it is also about how much my life has changed and how positive I feel towards the future. My educational and personal goal is to get a PhD in English Literature.”

2018 TENZIN LHAZIN’S GRADUATION STATEMENT:

“I have completed my courses in a BA Geography. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK Ottawa Friends of Tibet for the support. With this program I was able to participate different number of workshops, seminars, and some educational tours. Teaching has always been my passion since I was a little girl. I have now opted for further study for a M.Sc Geography. I want to dig deeper in courses, so that I can share my knowledge with my society and expose and stand on the world platform.”

2018 YESHI SAGMO’S GRADUATION STATEMENT:

“This scholarship program was really helpful especially for those learners who have financial difficulties. It was like placing bridge for us to cross the river and showing the bright way to reach our destination. For me, with the help of your scholarship, I was able to complete my BA course without facing any financial problems and gave me the root of strength to pursue the degree. I was very thankful for you and really appreciate your support towards us needy students. It gave me an opportunity to explore in and out of college and made me capable of moving forward with other mates. Thank you very much for this scholarship. I would love to be a social worker and give my hand to poor people to lift them up in our society.”

2019 TENZIN LONDE GRADUATION STATEMENT:

“Pursuing higher studies has always been a childhood dream but the financial situation was a difficult one to navigate. Thanks to Ottawa Friends of Tibet Scholarship Program, it has eased up the financial burden on my family. As of now I am pursuing my MA degree and if possible I would like to further continue my studies. On a personal level, I would like to be a respectable member of society with the means to bring progressive change to the society. “

2018 NEW SCHOLARSHIPS STUDENTS

TENZIN DHASEL is studying for a BA in Social Work at the University of Delhi

2019 SCHOLARSHIP ASSESSMENT after 1 year:

This scholarship has helped me in different ways but mainly for continuing my further studies and to study more. According to academic accomplishment, I am in the top ten of our batch in college and did internship from different NGOs. I want to be professional Social Worker or more. I want to help Tibetan Society to create a better place.

YESHI LHAMO is studying Geography Honours in Darjeeling

2019 SCHOLARSHIP ASSESSMENT after 1 year:

This scholarship has made a life changing impact. It has reduced the financial burden of the rising costs of a college education. And it has helped me to have more time to focus on my studies. I was very much interested in geography from my school time. I was very fortunate that I got admission in St JOSEPH'S college Darjeeling in Geography honors and I am doing well in my studies.

2019 TENZIN LHANZAY is studying a BA Honours

 

JURME AND ANGELA’S VISIT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN DHARAMSALA 2019

It is important to establish a personal relationship with the Education Department that administers the OFT Scholarship Program. Jurme and Angela travelled to Dharamsala to meet with the Education Minister and her Department.

Education Minister with Jurme and Angela.

Scholarship Department with Jurme and Angela.

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