Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Scholarship named for Jamphel Yeshi launched

Courtesy: Tibet Sun (www.tibetsun.com)

Jamphel Yeshi in an undated file photo taken in front of the temple at the Tibetan camp Majnu ka Tilla in DelhiPhotographer unknown

By Lobsang Wangyal | Tibet Sun

A group of young Tibetans living in the United States have launched a scholarship named for Jamphel Yeshi, the 26-year-old Tibetan who died after burning himself for the Tibetan cause in New Delhi in March.

A press statement by the group said, “The recent self-immolations in Tibet and martyr Jamphel Yeshi’s sacrifice inspired a group of young Tibetans, including former CST (Central School for Tibetans), TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village) school students, and working young Tibetans in the US, to start this one-time three-year scholarship.”

The scholarship will be provided to an exiled Tibetan student in India starting from this year’s academic session in July. The candidate will be selected from a pool of students who have applied for scholarships from the Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala.

Rinchen, a member of the group, told Tibet Sun that the scholarships will be in the amount of 35,000 India rupees per year.
Depending on the selected candidate’s progress over three years, the scholarship could be extended for his/her master’s study.

This scholarship is a part of an upcoming project called “My Pledge 4 Tibet”, (a website under construction) meant to motivate, inform, and guide other pledge takers. This scholarship will serve as the first pledge on the website. Further details will emerge over time.

Expressing their views about this initiative, Tseten Dorjee, a former CST Mussoorie student said, “To us, investing in the education of another young Tibetan seemed the best way to honour the sacrifice of those who died in Tibet as well as Jamphel Yeshi.”

Tenzin Nyima, a student at Berkely school of engineering and former CST Mussoorie student, said, “I see Tibetans across the world, sad, enraged and energized to do something to honour the sacrifice of many in Tibet. Contributing to this scholarship seemed the best way towards achieving a sustainable goal.”

Sherab Tenzin, a former TCV student working in the US said, “I felt it was the right time to take responsibility for the education of other young Tibetans. I have seen how education can powerfully transform someone’s life and how it is the core of any strategy towards nation-building or a national struggle.”

Following are the names of the pledge takers for this scholarship:
From NYC: Ngawang Tharchin, Tsetan Dorjee, Tenzin Saldon, Tenzin Norbu, Khenrab Palden Sangpo.
From San Francisco: Tenzin Nyima, Tsering Doka, Dawa Dorjee, Tenzin Sonam.
From Minnesota: Phurbu T Namgyal.
From Alaska: Sherab Tenzin.
From Utah: Phuntsok Choedon, Rinchen.

1 comment:

  1. My Pledge 4 Tibet is a fantastic idea. It seems like there's an opportunity here to streamline the entire process, from pledge initiation, to spreading the message, to connecting people, to funding. But it's clear that people have already done some great work. I will definitely be looking into this more.