Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship

Scholarship Description
The Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship is intended to provide financial support for community college students who demonstrate financial need and are the first in their family to attend college. The amount of the scholarship will be determined annually based upon the number of awards and available funds.

Eligibility Criteria
Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for the scholarship:
• Must be currently enrolled at San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College
• Must have completed a 2022-2023 FAFSA or Dream Act application (demonstrate financial need)
• Must be pursuing a career-technical program of study

Selection Criteria
Students will be selected based on how well they meet the following selection criteria:
• Must demonstrate commitment to peace and nonviolence

Note: Priority consideration may be given to students who are the first in their family to attend college

Application Materials*
• Must write a one-page typed essay on the importance of peace and non-violence in our community and the world*

Application Process
• A slate of finalists will be selected by the District scholarship committee
• Finalists will be required to participate in a short interview with members of the San Diego Indian American Society to be conducted on campus

Scholarship Disbursement Information
The scholarship will be disbursed at the beginning of Fall 2023 and is contingent on the following:
• Enrolled at San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College for Fall 2023
• Attendance of the 40th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial and Awards Ceremony

*Incomplete applications will not be considered

If there is no funding or there are no qualified applicants that reflect this format the scholarship will not be awarded for that year.

Supplemental Questions
  1. I have completed my 2022-2023 FAFSA or Dream Act application
  2. If selected as a final candidate I understand I must go through an interview process before the awardee is selected.
  3. Are you a first generation college student (A first generation student is considered a student who is the first in their family to attend college)?
  4. Mahatma Gandhi was a world-famous Indian civil rights leader who inspired several non-violent, peaceful yet highly successful movements for civil rights and freedom across the world, through his staunch adherence to Truth, Non-violence, Compassion and Kindness. Please select one option below to write your essay about. 1. Looking inward, describe an experience or situation in which you did incorporate (or could have incorporated) Mahatma Gandhi’s values in (a) your own personal life, (b) in your interactions with your community, to produce better results 2. Considering recent world, national or local events / occurrences / situations - If you were in charge of the situation, which of Gandhi’s values would you have incorporated to achieve a better solution?