KOJAIN Merit Scholarship Program – 2022

A one-time KOJAIN Merit Scholarship is awarded to North American High School graduating qualified students, entering college/university to pursue further studies. Parents of applicants must be Life Members of KOJAIN. Up to 3 scholarships of $1000 each will be offered.

KOJAIN is soliciting candidates for the 2022 Merit Scholarship. Eligibility Criteria and submission requirements for the Scholarship are listed below:

Please note:

  • Applicant will be notified of Judges’ decision by the 2nd week of June 2022.
  • A list of winners will appear on the KOJAIN website at kojain.org and will be published in the September issue of KOJAIN newsletter.
  • The KOJAIN Scholarship program is administered by the scholarship committee appointed by the KOJAIN Board of Directors and is made possible by KOJAIN members’ tax-deductible contribution to the KOJAIN scholarship fund.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduated High School seniors planning to attend an accredited college or university full-time in the fall of 2022.
  • Applicant whose parents are KOJAIN Life Members.
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 on an unweighted 4.0 scale.

Your package must contain the following Documents:

  1. Submit a 4-year high school transcript, including the 2020-2021 school year. Photocopies are acceptable. If mailed by the school, the transcript must still be post-marked by the deadline given elsewhere.
  2. Copies of American College Testing (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Testing (SAT), or any other entrance examination scores. (optional)
  3. List and briefly describe any awards and/or extracurricular services and activities on separate pages (not to exceed two pages). Please provide enough information so that the selection committee will understand the nature of your services and activities.
  4. A photograph in .jpeg format that can be published in the newsletter
  5. Essay Requirements & Topics are given below.


  • Write an essay in which you develop your point of view on any one of the topics presented below. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your readings, studies, experiences, or observations. The typed (double-spaced) essay must be at least 500 words but, must not exceed 800 words in Times New Roman Font, 12 point

Essay Topics:

  • Discuss an extracurricular activity you participated in and how it impacted your life or your outlook on life
  • How has growing up with diverse cultures impacted your viewpoint of Jainism?
  • Take a current event in the United States and make connections to Indian culture broadly and to your culture specifically, and what changes would you propose?

Where to send your application:

  • You can email all the documents in .pdf format (picture in .jpg) to the following address: kojainscholarship@gmail.com
  • Deadline for all materials will be April 30, 2022.