Lotus Scholarship at University of the West, USA

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
For the 2013-2014 academic year, UWest has successfully raised funds to continue providing the Lotus Scholarships for new students entering the University, as well as for students seeking to renew their scholarship for a second year. 
 
New applicants must meet the scholarship eligibility requirements and matriculate into UWest in the 2013-2014 academic year (see last page for students beginning Spring 2013). Returning applicants must meet the Lotus Scholarship guidelines in order to qualify for a second year of the award.  
  • Lotus Gold Scholarship – International ($10,000): For international students
  • Lotus Gold Scholarship – Domestic ($10,000): For domestic students
  • Lotus Silver Scholarship – Domestic ($5000): For domestic students
  • Lotus Gold Scholarship – Fo Guang ($10,000): For Students recommended by the Fo Guang Shan or another organized religious order
  • Lotus Silver Scholarship - Fo Guang ($5000): For Students recommended by the Fo Guang Shan or another organized religious order
UWest anticipates awarding a large number of Lotus Scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Scholarship awards $5,000 or $10,000 annually to each successful applicant to apply toward his or her tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and other expenses required for attendance at UWest. 

Terms of Scholarship
The Scholarship is initially awarded for one academic year beginning in Fall Semester. Renewal of the Scholarship is possible, but not guaranteed, depending on the student’s performance and funding availability.
  • The maximum renewable term is three years for four-year undergraduate students, and one to two years for undergraduate transfer students and students entering UWest’s Master’s degree programs.  
Scholarship Disbursement:
Disbursement of the Scholarship award will be made in two installments, the first in Fall Semester and the second in Spring Semester. The funds will be applied directly to the student’s account. The Bursar’s Office will issue a stipend check if a student has a credit balance in his or her student account after the add/drop date of each semester.  

Eligibility:
  • The Scholarship is available to new students seeking either Bachelor’s degrees or Master’s degrees at UWest. PhD students, ESL students or students seeking certificates only are not eligible for this Scholarship.
  • Previous recipients of the Scholarship, who meet the maintaining requirements (see below) are also eligible to reapply.
  • Minimum GPA: 

Undergraduate
Graduate
Lotus Gold Scholarship ($10,000):
3.0
3.25
Lotus Silver Scholarship($5,000):
2.75
3.0
Lotus Gold Scholarship-Fo Guang  ($10,000):
2.75
3.0
Lotus Silver Scholarship-Fo Guang ($5,000):
2.5
2.75
  • International students must meet the minimum UWest admission requirements for English proficiency. Conditionally admitted students are not eligible for the Scholarship.
  • To qualify for the Scholarship a student must be enrolled fulltime at UWest. Fulltime enrollment is defined as registering for, and successfully completing, a minimum of 12 credits each semester (24 credits per academic year) for undergraduates, and 9 credits each semester (18 credits per academic year) for graduate students. Students must be pre-registered at the full-time credit level before the Scholarship funds can be made available to them. 
Maintaining the Scholarship:
To maintain the Scholarship while at UWest, students must fulfill the following requirements: 
  • Minimum maintaining GPA: 

Undergraduate
Graduate
Lotus Gold Scholarship ($10,000):
3.25
3.5
Lotus Silver Scholarship($5,000):
3.0
3.25
Lotus Gold Scholarship-Fo Guang ($10,000):
3.25
3.5
Lotus Silver Scholarship-Fo Guang ($5,000):
3.0
3.25
  • Maintain fulltime enrollment at UWest. 
  • Uphold academic integrity standards (e.g. refrain from plagiarizing, cheating, etc.).
  • Actively engage in student life (e.g. Student Association, student clubs, events, volunteer opportunities, committees, etc.) and/or community service.
  • Uphold student social conduct standards (e.g. refrain from drinking, physical abuse, threats of violence, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, harassment, sexual harassment, etc.).
During the first two weeks of the Spring Semester, recipients of the Scholarship will be reviewed for eligibility based on the above-mentioned requirements. Recipients may be disqualified for the Scholarship if one or more of these requirements are not met.  

Application Deadlines:
  • Priority Deadline (for new applicants): February 15, 2013. Students will be notified of the scholarship result by May 1, 2013.
  • Secondary Deadline (for both new and returning applicants): April 1, 2013. Students will be notified of the scholarship result by June 1, 2013.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials and supporting documents are submitted on time. 

Further scholarship details and application procedures can be found at http://www.uwest.edu/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=379&Itemid=419

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