Tibetan Youth Excellance College Fund

The very first Tibetans to arrive in the United States came in the early 1950's and was followed by a very small trickle of individuals who came on an individual basis.  The only "groups" that arrived during this period were a handful of scholars who came to the University of Washington, in Seattle, and a dozen or so Tibetans who came to work as lumberjacks in Maine, both in the mid 1960's.  By the end of the 1980's there was a grand total of approximately 500 Tibetans in the United States.

In 1990, the U.S. Congress, in a special bill allowing 80,000 Polish refugees to emigrate to the U.S., set aside 1,000 visas out of this total for Tibetan refugees from India and Nepal.  Within the next year the first of 1,000 Tibetan immigrants stated to arrive, and since they were not officially designated "refugees" by the State Department, had no access to any governmental support but depended on self-organized "Tibetan Resettlement Committees" that provided them with temporary homes and jobs.

Within the next ten years they were joined by family members from India, Nepal and Tibet; and total population of the Tibetan-American community probably exceeds 10,000.

The children of these new immigrants and the second generation of Tibetan-Americans have now started to graduate from high school and are attending colleges and universities.  There are over 200 of these young Tibetans attending college.

As children of immigrants, many at modest low paying non-professional jobs, are in need of scholarship assistance.  Each of the approximately 20 Tibetan-American community organizations, like the Tibetan Association of Northern California, are trying to help their children with a community driven scholarship programs.  These programs make a huge difference to the students and their families, but more support is needed to help these youths achieve their dream of attending college.

To contribute, please contact span@agnt.org or send a check to:
220 Santa Anita Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Additional Resources

Related Websites:

Committee of 100 for Tibet

The Dalai Lama Foundation

50 Years in Exile


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