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The XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship The XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship Fund is comprised of donations from private citizens who define leadership as it relates to ethics, peace and positive national and global relations. This scholarship will be awarded to a current UCI undergraduate with a record of strong academic achievement, an innovative project proposal and a demonstrated commitment to helping others.

This unique UCI scholarship served as the model and catalyst for the launch of the international Dalai Lama Fellows program. UCI is now partnering with Dalai Lama Fellows to support exceptional students committed to advancing the values of compassion, contemplation, courage, interconnectedness, collaboration, humility and service. The recipient of the UCI Dalai Lama Scholarship becomes part of the Dalai Lama Fellows global community and benefits from a generous grant for project costs and guidance for project implementation.

Through this partnership, UCI and Dalai Lama Fellows support exceptional UCI undergraduate students who want to design and launch ambitious “compassion-in-action” projects aimed at engaging campus and/or community members in order to increase their awareness in one or more of the following areas: ethics, compassionate leadership, local and global responsibility, and/or peace. Preference will be given to projects that specifically target one or more of the following areas: (a) promoting cooperation across religions and cultures; (b) diminishing violence; (c) alleviating poverty; (d) protecting the environment; and (e) gender equity.

Amount of Award

The Dalai Lama Scholar will receive an award of up to $10,000 from UCI for fees for 2017-2018 (depending on level of financial need) and a grant of up to $6,000 from the Dalai Lama Fellows to support project costs. The project must be completed during 2017-2018.

Criteria for Selection

The scholarship seeks to support students who have progressed in their academic study and personal achievements so as to have a record of intellectual distinction and service to the community. This will serve to assist in the demonstration of the applicant’s personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness and compassionate service to others.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have completed a minimum of 90 units of UCI-accepted coursework;
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative UCI grade point average;
  • Must plan to be enrolled full-time at UCI during the 2017-18 academic year; and
  • Must submit a completed and signed application

Detailed information about the application process for The XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship is available at