My selection for the Tibetan Scholarship Program (TSP) gave me a rare opportunity. My legal education at Harvard Law School made profound impact in my life. As the democratically elected political leader, much of my keen desire in bringing change to the Tibetan society and transforming ideas into action come from my education. Therefore, I fully encourage Tibetans to participate in Tibetan Scholarship Program and become a string advocate for Tibet and Tibetan people.Dr. Lobsang SangayTSP 1995. Sikyong (Political Leader), Central Tibetan Administration.
I believe TSP has made immense contribution to exile Tibetan community, and by extension the Tibetan movement at large. Many TSP alumni continue to serve in exile Tibetan institutions and organisations. Generally the importance of scholarships for deserving students cannot be overstated. But TSP assumes greater importance in that it provides support to young and dynamic Tibetans who are expected to serve their own community after completion of their studies. Over the years, TSP alumni have played an important role in the rejuvenation and sustainability of the Tibetan movement.Tsering TsomoTSP 2007. Executive Director, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.
TSP expands the horizon of my outlook on things that matters.
While we Tibetans have achieved unparalleled accomplishments in the field of spiritual and Buddhist philosophical advancement, the education and training in the field of various modern studies, which are indispensible for holistic development of any community, had been ignored and that ultimately resulted in China’s occupation and suppression of Tibet. Tibetan Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by The Tibet Fund, in my view, is one of the most impactful programs that address this shortcoming by providing opportunities for potential younger generation of exile Tibetan to pursue higher professional studies in some of the best Universities in the United States of America.
Being a recipient of this prestigious scholarship, I can testify to the fact that this program has contributed significantly toward the progress of exile Tibetan community in particular and that of all the Tibetans by strengthening the capacity and resilience of exile Tibetan community by providing world class training and education in the fields that are necessary to sustain and thrive in this globalized world. At the personal level, while retaining my own root, those two years of graduate study under this program in U.S. truly expands the horizon of my understanding and outlook on things that really matters.
As a student and practitioner of development, I am well aware of the phrase ‘give them a fish and they will eat one day, teach them how to fish and they will eat rest of life’. Tibetan Scholarship Program, funded by US and administered by The Tibet Fund truly reflect this principle and I am sure that the impact of providing this opportunity to Tibetan youth like me will result in long and continuous impact on bringing sustained and holistic development of our community.
Taking this opportunity, on behalf of all the Tibetans, I would like to extend my humble and profound gratitude to the people and government of United State of America for sponsoring this program. I also would like to thank The Tibet Fund for its continued administration and funding for this program.
Tsewang RigzinTSP 2013. Masters in Development Practice (2013-2015) Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
“The Tibetan Scholarship Program which enables young Tibetans to pursue further studies in America is extremely useful in improving the capacity of the Tibetan exile community. I was one of the first to greatly benefit from this program way back 1988 when the program gave me a scholarship to study journalism at Columbia University from 1988 to 1989. The course I took at the Graduate School of Journalism greatly helped me to improve the quality and design of the Tibetan Bulletin which I edited for many years”.Thupten SamphelTSP 1988. Director, Tibet Policy Institute.