The Department of Education (DoE), Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), is pleased to announce a new scholarship program entitled the Sikyong Professional Scholarship Program (SPSP) in partnership with The Tibet Fund (TTF), New York.
The SPSP aims to support high achieving Tibetan students from India, Nepal, and Bhutan who wish to pursue professional degrees at the most selective colleges, institutes, and universities in India. Scholarships will be provided by The Tibet Fund, New York, through the Department of Education, CTA.
The Tibet Fund in coordination with Tibetan Homes Foundation (THF), Mussoorie is organizing five-week cultural exchange program for overseas Tibetan students from the age-group of 12 -18. The program aims to educate and strengthen the Tibetan identity of these children with an effort to connect them to their roots. The 2015 program will be held from July 3rd to August 7th, 2015, which will include Local Tour in and around Doon Valley. The deadline for registration has been set for June 10, 2015.
EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND IN NEPAL for Victims of Devastating Earthquake
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, taking a huge toll on human life and property. With over 3,700 confirmed dead, and the number continuing to rise, rescue efforts are still under way. According to The Guardian, more than half the houses in the city of Bhaktapur, just outside the city of Kathmandu, have been destroyed. Hundreds of homes in Patan, Kathmandu and neighboring towns have also been lost. Thousands more in the Buddhist regions of Northern Nepal are now leveled, leaving tens of thousands homeless. The official death toll in these areas is unknown due to inadequate data, and sporadic reports from these rural areas are our only glimpses of this earthquake’s true devastation.
This disaster has devastated the Tibetan community in Nepal, especially in remote areas close to the quake’s epicenter. Currently, there are more than 20,000 Tibetan refugees and hundreds of thousands of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners living along the Himalayan Buddhist Belt in Nepal. Reports state that the Tibetan Refugee Settlement at Syabru Bensi has been heavily damaged, with the majority of homes in the settlement having collapsed. Monasteries and centers of Buddhist learning in the remote areas of Bhagang and Liphing in Tatopani have also been leveled by the quake. The rebuilding process will be a monumental task requiring financial support for years to come.
The Tibet Fund has established an Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund and is working with credible and reliable partners in Nepal, such as the Snow Lion Foundation and The Himalayan Society for Youth and Women Empowerment (HSYWE) to ensure that resources reach those most affected by the quake. These organizations are bringing urgently needed supplies and assistance to survivors and coordinating long-term efforts to rebuild communities. Even a small contribution will make a huge difference in the lives of those who have been tragically affected by the natural disaster.
The Tibet Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; as such all donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. You can contribute online below to donate or send a check made out to The Tibet Fund with a note "Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund" on the memo line and send it to The Tibet Fund, 241 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016.
TIBETAN HOMES FOUNDATION Snowball Project
Sharing can be a rewarding experience, and sharing with those in need can be even more fulfilling. You can make a child smile while doing your part to sustain the Tibetan people.
The Tibetan Homes Foundation is a registered charitable organization founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are engaged in community programs at the grassroots level to meet the needs of displaced Tibetans, particularly those most vulnerablechildren and the elderly. THF’s work includes support for families, education, healthcare, livelihoods, and care for senior citizens.
More than five decades have passed since Tibetans were forced into exile. However, many in the exile community struggle to meet their basic needs. We believe the way forward for the community\is to preserve the language and culture of Tibet through comprehensive education programs for children to empower successive generations.
To help THF to continue to care for the 2,400 children presently under its support, please consider becoming a THF SNOWBALL member by donating one dollar a month to the THF SNOWBALL PROJECT.
· Where? College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah Dharamsala, India
· When? July 1-August 7, 2015
· For Whom? Tibetan youths over 17 years of age; 30 seats available
· What?Courses in: Meditation, Tibetan Language, Tibetan Culture and Civilization, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Practice; Exciting excursions to: Tsuglaghang, Mcleodganj on 6th July, H.H. the Birthday Celebration, Norbulingka Institute, the center for the preservation of Tibetan culture, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and Central Tibetan Administration
· Benefits? You will return home with the equivalent of one semester of study (+80hrs.); credits may be used toward completion of the foreign language requirement of most bachelor’s degrees; valuable knowledge and experience; Certificate of achievement!
· Deadline? June 1, 2015 For more information about this program, please click here or contact Mr. Tenzing Choephel at: email@example.com
SIKYONG PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Tibet Fund, in partnership with The Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), launched a new scholarship program entitled the Sikyong Professional Scholarship Program (SPSP).
The SPSP aims to support high achieving Tibetan students from India, Nepal, and Bhutan who wish to pursue professional degrees at the most selective colleges, institutes, and universities in India. Scholarships will be provided by The Tibet Fund, New York, through the Department of Education, CTA. Successful applicants will receive awards of up to INR 300,000 a year depending upon need.
After an applicant is selected for an award, the SPSP will commit to enabling the successful applicant complete his/her full course of study. Applicants may apply for professional degree courses, including Master’s degree, Post Graduate Diploma, M.Phil, or Ph.D. in any subject or field, and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (B.E.), Medicine (M.B.B.S.), Dental Surgery (B.D.S.), Law (B.A LL.B.), or Architecture (B.Arch), at one of the Top Ten Colleges in India accredited by NAAC with the rank “A” or above.
Pre-scholarship study awards will also be granted to Class XII students (freshers only) who wish to pursue an M.B.B.S. at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) or a B.E. at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). Pre-scholarship study awards will be granted for up to one gap year in the first year after completing Class XII, to study full-time at one of six coaching centers listed by the Department of Education. Upon successful admission to AIIMS or IIT, the applicant will receive a SPSP scholarship to attend AIIMS or IIT.
Mario Cantone, comedian, screenwriter, star of Broadway, The View and Sex in the City, lends his time, friendship and star power to The Tibet Fund to help raise funds for our Professional Scholarship Program.