Thursday, March 24, 2011

Alag Shabad Yug Charitable Trust

Charitable trust helping Sikh students in need
Dr. Sarup Singh Alag(Chairman Alag Shabad Yug Charitable Trust (Regd. Ludhiana),
593, Urban Estate-2, Focal Point
Ludhiana - 141010,
Phone - (0161) 2671947 and 2673416
Fax - (0161) 2670593
Mob: 98153-23523 and 97804-42842

The Sikh Education Foundation (SEF)

The Sikh Education Foundation (SEF)

The SIKH EDUCATION FOUNDATION The Foundation is run as a trust held by or under the control of the trustees (subject to the payment of all expenses properly incurred in connection with the scheme) to apply the income and the capital of the fund for The Advancement of Education through:

  a) Funding by scholarship, prize, grant or bursary all or part or to such extent
      as deemed appropriate by the trustees, the education of Sikhs eligible to
      participate in the scheme in accordance with the rules; and

  b) Funding by grant any individual, organization or company that undertakes
     research, teaching or carries out projects in relation to the preservation
     and study of Sikh History, Culture and Religion

FUNDING is based on:
1) Outright donations from :
        i. The Public
        ii. The Sikh Aid fund to fund scholars studying developmental subjects
        iii. Gurdwaras to fund Sikh culture history and religion scholars
        iv. Sikh associations e.g. Sikh doctors association, Sikh lawyers
            association,to fund scholars studying in their particular area of
2) Sponsors to take up covenants to pay the interest for loans they underwrite for scholars, payable over 5 years after graduation. This gives donors tax breaks and the scholar obtains a loan for the full cost of their education with no burden until after graduation. Donors will be inspired to participate in this as they will not be paying the full amount of the loan interest because of tax breaks.
c) Scholarships, grants and bursaries for ALL areas of study with more awards      given to:

        1) Law
        2) Media
        3) Arts
        4) Developmental studies
        5) Social Studies

This list will be dynamic based on the current needs of community.

  d) SEF provides internships, career guidance and mentoring facilities to
     prepare aspiring applicants and for scholars on graduation.


         1) HARVARD
         2) STANFORD
         3) BOSTON
         4) NYU
         5) COLUMBIA
         6) BROWN
         7) UC BERKELEY
         8) PRINCETON
         9) YALE
        10) CORNELL

Please click here to fill the application form.
You can also submit the following to :
  • a resume
  • a passport sized photo
  • a Statement of Purpose, explaining how their studies would benefit the community and humanity

Khalsa Aid

Khalsa AidSuite 32,
Big Yellow Offices,
111 Whitby Road,

Contact No.

0044 (0) 7598 777 448

E-mail Contacts

Ravinder Singh Sidhu (Chairman)
Bal Sandhu
Baljit Singh

E-mail Addresses


Khalsa Aid (KA) is primarily a humanitarian relief agency, based on the teachings of the Sikh Gurus who preached well being of all humanity. Since the launch of KA in 1999 we have provided aid in many different disasters, this has only been possible due to the generosity of the Sikh community worldwide but mostly funded by the UK based Sikhs. The idea behind KA has been to provide cross border humanitarian relief and also to raise awareness of global relief and development work.

There are many obstacles in relief work but the main one is corruption especially in the developing world. It's very frustrating and unfortunate that during any disasters there will be people trying to make a 'fast buck' out of misery of the already downtrodden victims. We at Khalsa Aid have never given cash to any groups or individuals but have carried out our own assessments by our relief team and then appointed local contractors and suppliers. We believe that our donors expect us to be diligent and responsible for every penny that they donate.

Canada-India Education Society

Canada-India Education Society (CIES)  
Founded in 1991 by a group of friends in Vancouver. The purpose of CIES is to support health care and education in rural Punjab and other rural areas of India. CIES also seeks to promote civil society partnerships between Canada and India. CIES has its office in Vancouver, British Columbia and is managed by a Board of Directors.      
                Activities include:
             health and education programs in Punjab;
             faculty and student exchange between UBC School of Nursing and Guru Nanak College of Nursing;
             annual bursaries for high school graduates in Canada and bursaries and scholarships for high school and nursing students in Punjab; and
             public engagement and fund-raising.
Canada-India Education Society
Address: # 335 – 1275 West 6th Avenue Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 1A6
Telephone: (604) 714-0414
Facsimile: (604) 714-0401

Sikh Human Development Foundation

Sikh Human Development Foundation
SHDF is a non-profit, non-political, tax-exempt (under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of USA) organization. It was registered in the State of Maryland, USA, in May, 1999. SHDF is currently in its eleventh year of dedicated service to the youth back home in India.

scholarship application
Mailing Address
   Sikh Human Development Foundation
   15129 Winesap Drive
   North Potomac, Maryland 20878
Phone Number
   Call  at (301) 963-3928
E-mail  at



Sikligar Sikh Children Education Project

Sikligar Sikh Children Education Project (Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council, Canada)
The first project is the Sikligar Sikh Children Education project. This project is aimed at providing school supplies, books, uniforms, shoes etc to the 351 school going children of the Sikligar Sikh community in Karnataka.  As part of this project Nishkam Canada is also assisting with the hiring of after school tuition teachers so that the children that cannot be assisted by their illiterate parents with homework, have other support available to them.   
Nishkam Canada requests a monthly donation of C$ 15 that will allow it to support the needy children and allow them to become young, successful men and women. 
In 2005, Nishkam Canada was able to support a total of 6 (six) after school teachers for  in Banglaore, Nippani, Dharwad, Shigaon and Hubli, all in Karnataka.   

SGPC Religious Exam Scholarship


8788-120th Street, 3
rd floor, Surrey, B. C. V3W 3N6
Tel. #507-6404, Fax. #507-6405, Toll Free#1-800-324-6747
Academic Scholarships 5 of $1,500 each - Religious Scholarships 5 of $1,500 each
Sports Scholarships 3 of $1,250 each - Bursaries 5 of $1,250 each
A. Name of School: __________________________________________________________

Sikh Human Development Foundation grants record number of Scholarships in India

Sikh Human Development Foundation grants

record number of Scholarships in India
Washington-based Sikh Human Development Foundation (SHDF) has awarded 153 scholarships this year to needy students in Punjab and neighboring states in India. This is the highest number of need-based scholarships granted in any single year by SHDF to meritorious Sikh and non-Sikh students pursuing professional degree courses. The last year’s record number was 127.

Starting with 24 scholarships in 2000-01, SHDF has continuously improved upon its previous year’s record. By now it has awarded a total of 580 scholarships of which more than 160 recipients have already graduated. SHDF is now tracking their placement in appropriate jobs

SHDF is comprised of professionals from the Washington metropolitan area. Other members of the executive council of SHDF are Harbaksh Singh Sethi, Veena Kaur Oberoi, Surinder Singh and Dr. Rajwant Singh.

To contact Sikh Human Development Foundation,

email to: or

or write to:
   SHDF, 15129 Winesap Drive,
   North Potomac, MD 20878

or phone:
   Gajinder S. Ahuja at 301 963 3928.



Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh
The minorities' community students (Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists,Parsis etc...) throughout India are entitled to handsome scholarships by theGovernment of India. But due to lack of awareness about these very few students avail them and most of the scholarships go waste. For availing these opportunities for minority scholarships, the procedure isvery simple.
Three types of scholarship schemes are available:
1.Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme: Under this scheme Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students of class 1 to 10 in government/recognized private schools/institutes. The financial assistance includes admission / tution fees and maintenance allowances.
Eligibility criteria: Students who have scored not less than 50% marks in the previous final examination, and whose parents'/ guardian's annual income does not exceed Rs. 1 lakh, are eligible for the scholarship. 50% marks requirement will not apply to class 1 students.
For further details about scheme, mode of applying, application format visit:
2.Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme: Scholarship will be awarded to eligible students of class 11 upto Ph.D. in government/ recognized private schools/ colleges/ universities/ institutes including technical and vocational courses of ITIs / ITCs (affiliated with NCVT) of class 11 and 12 level and the courses other than those covered under merit-cum-means scholarship scheme. The financial assistance includes admission / tution fees and maintenance allowances.
Eligibility criteria: Students who have scored not less than 50% marks in the previous final examination, and whose parents'/ guardian's annual income does not exceed Rs. 2 lakh, are eligible for the scholarship.
For further details about scheme, mode of applying, application format visit:
3. Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme: 20,000 new scholarships will be awarded to eligible students studying in technical/ professional courses at under graduate and post-graduate levels. The financial assistance includes reinbursement of course fees and maintenance allowances. Full course fee is reimbursed for 70 listed institutes in the scheme. Course fee upto a maximum of Rs.20,000/- is reimbursed for the other institutes.
Eligibility criteria: The annual income of parents or guardian of the student should not exceed Rs.2.50 lakh from all sources.
For further details about scheme, mode of applying, application format visit:
  • Those who were awarded the scholarship for 2008-2009 and fulfill the conditions of the scheme may apply for renewal of scholarship for 2009-2010.
  • The last date for applying for the scholarships is 26th July. So hurry up. Very few days left.
  • For more information, contact: 09990237929, 09212077327, 09871968968, 09818699699, 09810482930
Please provide this information to the deserving students and help them to avail all these Government benefits. FORWARD THIS INFORMATION NOW! TIME IS VERY LESS AND MANY STUDENTS MIGHT BE BENEFITED!

Saanjh Sikh Scholarship Mission

Saanjh Sikh Scholarship’s mission is to work with parents, students, and community members to encourage higher education for Sikh students in California and Texas by providing need-based and merit-based financial scholarships to selected students entering undergraduate studies.

Applicant FAQs
Who is Eligible for this Scholarship?
Aspiring Sikh students who are entering their first year of Community College/4-year-University education in Fall 2010. Transfer students also welcome to apply.  Applicants must be California or Texas State residents.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 unweighted.
How will Students be Selected?
A committee of professionals will review the applications and select recipients. While making its decisions, the committee will consider the following:
  • Student’s desire to grow in Sikhi
  • Student’s desire and ability to grow through her/his undergraduate education
  • Student’s financial need
  • Student’s commitment to an alternate career (careers in which Sikhs are traditionally underrepresented)
  • Student's dedication to humanity through Seva
What Scholarships will be Awarded?
Scholarships of $1000 and $2000 will be awarded to 3-6 students in each state.  Three types of students will awarded scholarships:
  1. High school graduating seniors entering 4-yr universities
  2. High school graduating seniors entering 2-yr community colleges with the intention of transfering to 4-yr schools
  3. Students transferring to 4-yr universities
When is the application due?
A completed application must be submitted online by April 1st, 2011, 11:59 PST.
Will you request other information from us, like transcripts and tax returns?
Yes, additional supporting documents—official transcript; admission letter; financial aid offer letter and/or tax return; phone number of a reference—will be requested later, in due course, from the finalists.
When will I find out if I've been selected to be a finalist?
Finalists will be contacted in May 2011, via email and/or phone.
When will the scholarship recipients be announced?
Scholarship winners will be announced in mid-Summer 2011 and checks will be mailed out subsequently.
I am a California/Texas resident, but plan on attending a university outside of California/Texas.  Am I still eligable?
Yes.  As long as you are a resident of CA or TX, you may still apply!
This scholarship is made possible with Guru's Grace and by generous donation from the Community. Please donate. Thank you!
Still Have Questions?
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California, please call (909) 257-SIKH
Texas, please call (210) 709-SIKH
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SikhLEAD: An Initiative to Increase Community Engagement and Leadership

SikhLEAD: An Initiative to Increase Community Engagement and Leadership

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) has announced the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) as part oftheir new initiative called SikhLEAD. The objective of SikhLEAD is to inspire, train, and support motivated and enterprising young Sikh American leaders as they prepare for a lifetime of community engagement and community leadership. The CIP is the first effort under this new and dynamic initiative.
SALDEF’s CIP partners with congressional offices to place Sikh American college students in internship positions on Capitol Hill with members of Congress. Through this program, students will be afforded first-hand perspective into the functioning of the federal government, as a way of providing experience-based training to individuals interested in civic engagement and government affairs.
Through the experience of interning in a congressional office, interns will:
  • • explore a potential career track
  • • create a network of professional and personal contacts
  • • develop real-world skills
  • • build confidence and professional work habits
The application deadline for summer 2011 internships is March 27th, 2011!
Visit for more details and to apply. Spread the word and tell your friends about this exciting opportunity.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Resorces For Sikh Students

Resorces For Sikh Students

Gurfateh Ji,
We are a Sikh group from Toronto, Canada. We have started an initiative to produce some resources for our Sikh students and posterity. Now, we are lobbing around the world to get ideas of our brothers and sisters on the same issue. Please send your kind comments on :-
What are the most crucial challenges Sikh students have been facing NOW or expected in future ?????
What financial resources are available for Sikh students from all the means as Institutions, Gurduaras, Groups or other societies ????
Do we have any Mentorship programs for guidance or training ?????
Do we ever tried to gather Sikh students around the world on any International platform ????
What other steps are needed to strengthen, to help, to guide, to involve our all Sikh students ????
Your participation is highly required. Please leave your kind comments and also forward this to all your friends.................................................
GurFateh !!!!!