Category Archives: Education

R D Sethna Scholarship Fund

R D Sethna Scholarship, one of the oldest and best known scholarship programme was initiated after the death of Mr R D Sethna, Indian Philanthropist in 1938 assisting outstanding and deserving students of all communities.

Mr R D Sethna was clear in his approach to philanthropy: it had to be directed to specific causes, normally of large magnitude in support of higher education, “For the promotion and encouragement of Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Commercial instruction or education” in ways beneficial to society: Mr R D Sethna envisioned that his plan for granting financial assistance to students would broaden their academic interests and in turn benefit the Nation.

Parsi Zarthushti, Prof. Vistasp Karbhari Heads Univ.of Alabama’s Academic Affairs



According to a news report in India Journal, May 9, 2008:


“Prof Karbhari to Head Alabama Varsity’s Academic Wing  SAN DIEGO, CA – An Indian-American professor has been chosen to head the Academic Affairs wing of prestigious University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, from University of California, San Diego, was chosen Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs in the university.


     Dr. Karbhari who has his roots in Pune, was named by Alabama University’s president David Williams, who called his performance “masterful”.  “I am extraordinarily impressed by his energy and his academic prowess,” Williams said.


     Karbhari, a professor of material science and structural engineering at University of Southern California, will join the Alabama University on September one.


    “The University of Alabama in Huntsville has already had a tremendous impact and each of the five colleges has, in a short span of time, risen to a high level of excellence,” the distinguished Indian-American professor said.


    Karbhari earned his doctorate at the University of Delaware in 1991, and his master’s and bachelor degrees at the University of Pune.”



Maneck Bhujwala 






HSBC 2008 Scholarships Program

The HSBC 2008 Scholarships Programme is open till 10 May 2008.

The HSBC Scholarships Programme aims to nurture leaders around the world and help build global knowledge with the accompanying expectation that the lifelong careers of the scholarship recipients will be marked by significant contributions to the community in which they live and work.

Over time, the HSBC Scholars will form an influential international alumni network, bringing vision and commitment to improving lives of citizens throughout the world. The scholars are thus expected to use their education for the benefit of others.

Upakar Scholarships – 2008

2008 Upakar Scholarship Application

(click above link to open application form)

SABA-DC/AAPI Happy Hour Fundraiser, Thursday, May 1, 2008

Join the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and the South Asian Bar Association of DC (SABA-DC) for an evening of networking that will benefit Upakar, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing college scholarships to Indian Americans who require additional financial assistance to pursue their educational, artistic and athletic goals.Take a moment to mix and mingle with young professionals in the area and support Upakar (

). Happy hour specials start at 6:00 PM.A recommended donation of $10 per person will be collected on admission and further donations are welcome. All proceeds will be donated directly to Upakar. Feel free to bring all your friends to support this very worthy cause!

When: Thursday, May 1, 2008

Time: 6:00 PM
Where: IndeBleu707 G St, NWWashington
, DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green Lines)
Phone: 202-333-2538
Cost: $10 donation

Fezana Scholarships

FEZANA Scholarships
– Academic
– Performing & Creative Arts
– Religious Studies
– Excellence in Sports
– Recipients

FEZANA has established a Religious Education Scholarship fund in memory of late Moobed Faridon Zardoshty. We are grateful for the munificence of the Zardoshty sisters, Farangis, Homayoun, Iran and late Pari and ther families for their generous donation to FEZANA in memory of their beloved father to set up this scholarship fund.

The Moobed Faridoon Zardoshty Scholarship(s) is to be awarded to selected Zarathushti individual(s) for higher studies and research in Zarathushti religion at a recognized institution of higher learning anywhere in the world.

These scholarships are awarded for a period of five years. An amount has been budgeted for each academic year and may be divided amongst one or more selected individuals. The Religion Education Committee of FEZANA will manage the eligibility of selection of awards. Awardees will be required to allow FEZANA and/or Zarathushti community to receive the tangible benefit from their study and /or research.
All interested Zarathushti individuals can request an application for scholarship from Lovji Cama Ph.D Chair, FEZANA Education, Scholarship and Conference Committee 58 Leroy St, Tenafly, NJ 07670. e.mail: 201-569-7359

Applications are invited for the

All scholarships are open to Zarathushti applicants who have obtained admission for attendance at institutions of higher learning (accredited degree-granting colleges or universities) in USA or Canada. SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships for the academic year 2008-2009 will be awarded in September 2008.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must complete the application form and provide documentation for:
(1) proof of USA or Canada citizenship. (For non citizens a minimum of one year or two semesters residency in USA or Canada academic institution is required)
(2)past academic records and accomplishments (attach documentation of the past four years only)
(3)program of study
(4)annual financial need including assistance already pledged by other funds, charitable institutions or the institution of choice;
(5)other financial assistance available from family and friends
(6)community service including contributions to Zarathushti functions and organizations
(7)three reference letters
AWARD CRITERIA: Applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement (40%), Financial Need (40%), Extracurricular Activities (10%) and Community Service (10%).
The Mehraban and Morvorid Kheradi Endowment Scholarship of $5000 and the 20th anniversary FEZANA Scholarship of $3000 will be awarded to post graduate students for scholastic excellence

The Banoobai and Maneckshaw Kapadia Endowment Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded for
undergraduate studies to a student with good academic standing who demonstrates financial need.
APPLICATION Application forms are available from the FEZANA website at or from Dr Dolly Dastoor (
Completed application forms should be post-marked August 1, 2008 to DOLLY DASTOOR Ph.D, Chair, FEZANA Academic Scholarship Program, 3765, Malo, Brossard, Quebec Canada J4Y 1B4

FEZANA created an Excellence In Sports Scholarship (EXISS) Fund in 2006 The objectives of the Scholarship is to provide financial support to young Zarathushtis (between the ages of 10-30) who are performing exceptionally and at highly recognized levels in all areas of sports activity. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable the recipients to get world-class training or study with experts in their field and thus fine tune and enhance their talent and capabilities. If you feel you would qualify for this scholarship, or need more information, e.mail us at To apply you will have to complete a formal
application which we will send you by e.mail once you have contacted us as to your intent to apply. Also check The deadline for all applicants is March 31, 2008. For any further questions or information contact Khushchehr Italia, Co-Chair,

The FEZANA Performing and Creative Arts Scholarship (P&CAS) provides financial support
to Zarathushtis who are performing artists in music, drama, etc. or practice other creative art forms like literature, poetry, fine arts, sculpture, painting, etc. The scholarship is to enable the recipients to study with experts in their field and fine tune and enhance their talent and capabilities, IT IS NOT FOR BASIC EDUCATION IN THE ABOVE FIELDS.

(1) profess and practice the Zarathushti faith

(2) be high school graduates

(3) be legal residents or citizens of USA or Canada. Foreign students holding legal status in USA or Canada may also apply provided they have been in North America for at least one year.

Applicants will be eligible to receive a maximum of two awards, which may or may not be in consecutive years.
SELECTION CRITERIA : Applicants will be judged on their academic preparation, and past record in their program of study, their commitment to pursue the chosen art form, their annual financial need, the assistance pledged by other sources, extra curricular activities and services performed for the Zarathushti community.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE : Application forms available on
Submit five copies of the form with all attachments (including portfolio items) by March 31 2008 to SHERAZADE F. MEHTA, 5400 Preston Oaks Rd, #3048 Dallas TX 75354 (U.S.A.) Tel: (972) 385-4847 e-mail:

“To promote leadership among young Zoroastrians in the academic, social, and political spheres”
Ahura Scholarship invites young Zarathushtis to apply for leadership scholarship for academic year of 2008-
2009. Five scholarships were awarded last year, this year we are looking forward to receiving your applications.
Ahura scholarship is a one time grant for the amount of $3000 which may be used for undergraduate or graduate program for year of 2008-2009. Ahura Fellows receive $3,000; Ahura Strivers receive $1,000. Applicants must be talented Zarathushtis who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning. Candidates of diverse nationalities are welcome to apply. Payment of the scholarship is dependent on receipt of a tuition statement and confirmed enrollment for the fall semester of 2008. All completed applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2008. For a copy of the application, please see
For specific questions please contact Koorosh Vakhshoori at

THE CONGRESS 2000 LEGACY AWARD by Zoroastrian Association of Houston
Each year, the award will recognize young Zarathushti students studying at the University level and who have
achieved excellence in their scholastic studies, in extracurricular activities and who have made substantial
contribution to Zarathushti community affairs. The award, eligibility and judging criteria available at

A list of miscellaneous scholarships is given below:

Fali Chothia Charitable Trust scholarships for students in NA universities., tel: 301-564-3726,

 ZAC (Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago) loans/scholarships for study in USA & Canada. ZACscholarships,

 ZSBC (Zoroastrian Society of British Columbia) awards scholarships to its members seeking admission to a university. Homi Italia, (604) 438-2076,

 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships support graduate education for immigrants and children of immigrants.

 Houtan Scholarship Foundation offers a scholarship of $2,500 per semester for studies in Iranian language and culture. Visit

 Indo American Community Foundation offers scholarships of $3,000 per year to Indian Americans. Visit

 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) scholarships, for research in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Tajikistan). Also visit roberts for study grants in Iran.

 Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund offers fellowships to scholars from any country and in any discipline, whose life, security or work is threatened in their home regions. Visit Email:

 Harvard’s Pluralism Project offers research grants.; For summer internships, visit
 National Science Foundation offers grants for documenting endangered languages. Visit v/Applicants/

Gates Millenium Scholars Program offers awards for science studies. Visit

 Global Environment Facility of the World Bank and YES, offers fellowships for entrepreneurs in field of renewable energy. Visit

 Scholarships for Commonwealth citizens. http://www.csfponline. org/hostcountries/uk/

 Royal Society scholarships in /funding/

 arMarshall scholarships for Americans in UK.

 Fulbright exchange programs. Visit

 UNESCO ‘Information for All,’ an international information society initiative offers funding for information literacy projects.

 Indicorps fellowships for a one-year public service program in India. Email:, or contact 2004 Indicorps scholar

 Canadian Subsidy Directory contains 3100 listings of government grants and loans, including foundations and associations. $69.95. Call 450-224-9275.

Boren Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships.
 Jacob E. Javits Fellowships. Undergrads or first year of graduate study. Includes social sciences, arts, humanities.
 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. All countries (except UK) eligible.
 Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Graduate funding for career in government or public service.
Keyannejad-Kapadia Zoroastrian Scholarship Fund (endowed by Homi Kapadia and Mahkrokh Keyannejad) for a member of Triangle Fraternity.

 Rotary Scholarships, to citizens of all countries where there are Rotary Clubs. Rotary ambassadorial Scholarships are

 Goldwater Scholarships for sophomores and juniors, for mathematics, natural science, engineering.

A list of trusts/organizations in India, which support postgraduate studies abroad is given in Parsiana, December 2001. Contact
 Scholarships mainly for students in India.
 Enginerring Scholarship by Northrop Grumman of $10,000 to student in Maryland, Baltimore and Illinois.

Courtesy : FEZANA Journal – Spring/March 2008 issue –

The Parsee Girls’ School Association

The Parsee Girls’ School Association

Its our Sesquicentennial Year this 2008!

We are 150 years old this year and we just can’t stop celebrating! We’ve launched our websites, had a religious Jashan and can’t wait to have the alumni meet!

Having dedicated 150 years of longstanding service to womens education in Mumbai, our two proud schools represent success, dedication and trust.

Do browse through our website to know more and visit our school websites – Alumni can please register online and become a part of the growing community. – for Bai M. N. Gamadia Girls’ High School

and for Bai B. S. Bengalle Girls’ High School

Trustees and Managing Committee Members:

Mr. Adi H. Mulla – President
Mr. Minoo M. Bilimoria – Ex – officio Accountant
Mr. Kersi J. Treasurywala – Hon. Secretary
Mr. Kersi K. Commissariat – Hon. Treasurer
Mrs. Piloo K. Kolah – Member
Mrs. Keti F. Mehta – Member
Mr. Hoshang Wania – Member
Prof. (Mr.) Khurshed Sheriar – Member
Dr. (Mrs.) Nawaz B. Mody – Member
Prof. (Dr.) Gulistan Kerawalla – Member
Mrs. Rati Wadia – Member
Mrs. Zenobia P. Daroga – Member
Mrs. Pearl K. Pastakia – Member
Mr. Jimmy F. Khan – Member
Dr. (Mrs.) Simoneel B. Gamadia – Member

Spenta University Scholarship

Dear Friends,

Ushta te, Dorood, Greetings,

Multi use scholarship has been established by Spenta University in appreciation of Dr. Jasmine Moini’s support to Spenta University . The Dr. Jasmine Moini Scholarship is open to all who wish to pursue Zoroastrian Studies.

The scholarship ( maximum 27% of tuition ) can be used towards all courses or degree program of Spenta University .

You can apply anytime for Dr. Jasmine Moini scholarship by simply submitting a letter to Spenta University indicating why you want to pursue Zoroastrian Studies.

For more information about Spenta University courses and Dr. Jasmine Moini�s scholarship please contact :

Best Wishes,

Spenta University

P.S. If you want to sponsor a scholarship in the name of your loved ones, please contact us at :

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