Tzu Chi Scholars Program

The Tzu Chi Scholars program is a scholarship program funded by the Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and to assist outstanding college-bound high school graduates financially. Tzu Chi Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each scholar will be awarded a total of $1,000. A small number of Scholars may be further recognized for a four-year total scholarship award of up to US $4,000 if certain eligibility requirements and criteria are met.


Eligibility
- Demonstrates financial need for college tuition
- Is a U.S. high school graduating senior or equivalent
- Has a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
- Will enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the entire upcoming academic year

Documents Required
- A completed Tzu Chi Scholarship application form
- An official high school transcript
- A copy of one of the three following document(s) demonstrating financial need:
- Family’s complete set of 1040 Income Tax Return including all schedules
- Most recent W-2
- Any documentation which serves as proof of your financial hardship etc.
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and/or other advisors
- A typed autobiography which addresses why you should be awarded a scholarship; please include all of the following:
- Minimum of two pages
- Financial need for this scholarship for educational purposes
- Personal and academic achievements, give specific examples
- Academic plans and career goals, give specific examples
- Past and current involvement, as well as future plans, towards making a difference in your community
- A one-page short essay about Tzu Chi; based on the information you’ve studied from websites, publications, news articles, etc. please explain what you have found out about Tzu Chi that inspires you in any capacity - feel free to express your thoughts and be true to yourself

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