Tzu Chi USA Scholars

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

 

 

Tzu Chi USA Scholars is a scholarship program funded by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates and continuing undergraduate students in selected areas of the United States. Tzu Chi USA Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each Scholar will receive an award of US$1,000.

Step 1

 

Enter your home zip code for the corresponding Tzu Chi Scholars Region

 


Step 2

 

COLLEGE-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Eligibility

  1. Applicant demonstrates financial need for college tuition and related expenses.

  2. Applicant is a U.S. high school graduating senior or equivalent.

  3. Applicant has a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  4. Applicant will enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the academic year 2018-2019.

Requirements

  • 1. A completed Tzu Chi USA Scholarship application form for High School students.
  • 2. A copy of one of the three following documents demonstrating financial need and showing the name of the applicant:
    • Family's complete 2017 1040 U.S. Income Tax Return including all schedules, or
    • Family’s complete 2016 1040 U.S. Income Tax Return including all schedules and most recent 2017 W-2 and/or 1099, or
    • Any official documentation from the government agency which serves as proof of financial hardship
    • *** Please black out all Social Security Numbers on all of the financial documents for security purpose.

Personal Writing (submit online)

  • 3. An autobiography (2 to 5 pages) which explains why you should be awarded a scholarship. Please include all of the following:
    • Reason for your financial need and how you intend to use this educational scholarship
    • Your personal and academic achievements with specific examples
    • Your academic and career plans with specific goals
    • Your past and current involvement, as well as future plans, towards making a difference in your community
  • 4. A two-page essay about Tzu Chi, based on the information you’ve gathered from websites, publications, news articles, etc. Please explain what you've learned about Tzu Chi that inspires you and why. Express your thoughts openly and honestly.

Additional Supporting Documents (to be mailed in)

  • 5. An official high school transcript
  • 6. Two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and/or other advisors
  • *Mailed in documents need to include a cover page that states applicant’s name, email, and phone number

  • **Please mail all additional supporting documents to the Tzu Chi Foundation regional office that has been assigned to you based on your home zip code, and indicate: Attn: Tzu Chi Scholars Program

 

CONTINUING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be a former Tzu Chi Scholarship recipient.
    Northwest Region scholarship recipients must be previously selected. Click here to confirm if your home zip code is located within the Northwest Region. Currently there is no continuing undergraduate scholarship in Mid-Atlantic Area. 

  2. Applicant demonstrates financial need for college tuition and related expenses.

  3. Applicant has a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  4. Applicant will enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the academic year 2018.

  5. Applicant has completed 50 volunteering hours with Tzu Chi or another non-profit organization in the current academic year.

Requirements

  • 1. A completed Tzu Chi Scholars application form for continuing undergraduate students.
  • 2. A copy of one of the three following financial documents demonstrating financial needs and showing the name of the applicant:
    • Family’s complete 2017 1040 U.S. Income Tax Return including all schedules, or
    • Family’s complete 2016 1040 U.S. Income Tax Return including all schedules and most recent 2017 W-2 and/or 1099, or
    • Any official documentation from the government agency which serves as proof of financial hardship
    • *** Please black out all Social Security Numbers on all of the financial documents for security purpose.

Personal Writing (submit online)

  • 3. An updated autobiography (2 to 5 pages) which focuses on the time period since you began college and explains why you should be awarded another scholarship. Include the following:
    • Your volunteer experience with Tzu Chi (or another nonprofit organization), and your future plans towards making a difference in your community
    • Reason for your financial need and how you intend to use this educational scholarship
    • Your personal and academic achievements with specific examples
    • Your academic and career plans with specific goals

Additional Supporting Documents (to be mailed in)

  • 4. All official college transcript(s) to date
  • 5. Written and signed proof of completion of 50 volunteering hours with Tzu Chi from Tzu Chi local team leaders or Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth mentors (Note: If you volunteered with another organization, please provide written and signed proof of your volunteering hours from their management.)
  • *Mailed in documents need to include a cover page that states applicant’s name, email, and phone number

  • **Please mail all additional supporting documents to the Tzu Chi Foundation regional office that has been assigned to you based on your home zip code, and indicate: Attn: Tzu Chi Scholars Program

Step 3

 

COLLEGE-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Requirements

  • 1. Please download the checklist to keep track of your application process.
  • 2. A home visit or a phone interview may be required in the application process.
 

CONTINUING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Requirements

  • 1. Please download the checklist to keep track of your application process.
  • 2. A home visit or a phone interview may be required in the application process.

Important Dates

October 1, 2017

Scholarship Application Open

March 2, 2018

Scholarship Application Due
*Mailed in documents must be postmarked by March 2, 2018.
**Only complete applications which include all required documents will be considered.
***The deadline is subject to change by regional offices.

May, 2018

Announcement of Scholarship Recipients

May - June, 2018

Scholarship Award Ceremony


Supporting Documents Submission

Please mail your supporting documents to Tzu Chi USA regional office that has been assigned to you, indicating Attn: Tzu Chi USA Scholars Program

Here are the Tzu Chi USA regional offices:

Please call to confirm if you have any questions. 

Northwest Region

N. CA, N. NV, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, AK
2355 Oakland Rd, San Jose, CA 95131
Tel: 408-457-6969
Fax: 408-943-8420

 

Midwest Region

OH, ND, SD, MN, WI, MI, NE, IA, MO, IL, IN
1430 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL 60561
Tel: 630-963-6601
Fax: 630-960-9360

 

Northeast Region

NY, VT, NH, ME, MA, RI, CT
137-77 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354
Tel: 718-888-0866
Fax: 718-460-2068

 

National Headquarters (Western Region)

S. CA, S. NV, AZ, UT, NM, CO
1100 S. Valley Center Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
Tel: 909-447-7799
Fax: 909-447-7948

 

Central Region

N. TX, KS, OK, AR, TN
534 W. Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
Tel: 972-680-8869
Fax: 972-680-7732

 

Mid-Atlantic Region

KY, PA, WV, DE, NJ
150 Commerce Rd, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Tel: 973-857-8666
Fax: 973-857-9555

 

Pacific Islands Region

HI, GU
1238 Wilhelmina Rise, Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: 808-737-8885
Fax: 808-737-8889

 

Southern Region

S. TX, LA, FL, MS, AL, GA
6200 Corporate Dr, Houston, TX 77036
Tel: 713-981-8966
Fax: 713-981-9008

 

Greater Washington D.C. Region

DC, MD, NC, SC, VA
1516 Moorings Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Tel: 703-707-8606
Fax: 703-707-8607