According to their website, “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.” The Tzu Chi Scholarship is awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement.
Eligibility requirements for the Tzu Chi Scholarship:
In order to be eligible for the Tzu Chi Scholarship, the applicant:
- Demonstrates financial need for college tuition and related expenses.
- Is a U.S. high school graduating senior or equivalent.
- Has a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Will enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the academic year 2020-2021.
College bound high school applicants must write a two to five page autobiographical essay that explains why they should be considered for the scholarship, including their financial need, personal and academic achievements (including specific examples), future academic/career goals, and the ways in which they are making a difference in their communities. In addition, applicants are required to send in an official transcript, tax returns, and two letters of recommendation.
Students applying as undergraduates renewing the scholarship must provide documentation of 50 hours of volunteering as well as well as tax forms and an updated autobiographical essay.
An interview may be required during the application process.
How much is the Tzu Chi Scholarship worth?
These renewable scholarships are worth $1,000 per year!
When is the Tzu Chi Scholarship application due?
The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020 (mailed in documents must be postmarked by the submission deadline).
Scholarship winners will be notified in May, 2020.
For a handy checklist for college bound high school students, click here.
Click here for a checklist for undergraduate students.
Best of luck to all who apply!