A onetime KOJAIN Merit Scholarship is awarded to qualified North American High School graduating students, entering college/university to pursue further studies. Parents of applicants must be Life Members of KOJAIN.

KOJAIN is soliciting candidates for the 2018 Merit Scholarships. Eligibility Criteria and submission requirements for the Scholarship are listed below:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current High School seniors planning to attend an accredited college full-time in the fall of 2018.
  • 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:

  1. 4-year high school transcripts, including the 2015-2018 school year. Photocopies are acceptable. If mailed by the school, the transcript must still be post-marked on or before the published deadline.
  2. Copy of American College Testing (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Testing (SAT), or any other entrance examination scores.
  3. Provide one written recommendation and character reference from a teacher, counselor, friend, or a KOJAIN member (not related to applicant). Recommendation must be submitted with the application package.
  4. List and briefly describe any awards and/or community services and extracurricular 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.
  5. Two passport size photographs (Name written on the back).
  6. One Essay as per the guidelines given below.

Essay Guidelines:

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 and/or observations. The typed (double-spaced) essay must be at least 1000 words but, must not exceed 1200 words in Times New Roman Font, 12 point

Essay Guidelines (write on any one): 

  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged one of the beliefs, or an idea, of Jainism. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?


  • All the above materials (except transcript, if necessary) must be mailed in a single 9″ by 12″ (or larger) envelope, postmarked no later than July 20, 2018
  • Address for mailing the application package is
    Dinesh Chheda @ 14 Paris Place, Parsippany NJ 07054
  • Alternatively, you or your school can e-mail all the documents in PDF format to
    dchheda@optonline.net, no later than AUGUST 20, 2018

Applicant will be notified of Judges’ decision by the 3rd week of September 2018.
A list of winners will appear on the KOJAIN website at kojain.org and will be published in the December 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.

Additionally Pease NOTE the following:
• Provide your email address on the application. Your application receipt will be sent to this email address.
• All materials submitted with the application will become the property of KOJAIN and will not be returned under any circumstances. If needed, make a copy of the information for yourself before mailing.


Merit Scholarship Program

KOJAIN continuously strives very hard to bind, support and stimulate progress amidst the North American Kachchhi Oswal Jain residing in North America and Canada in many walks of life. EDUCATION is one of the key aspects of progress. Scholarship Committee under the KOJAIN Executive Committee has launched this year’s SCHOLARSHIP 2016.

Children of KOJAIN Life Members graduating from the High school from North American and entering colleges/universities for higher education are eligible to apply for one-time scholarship.

Host Family

KOJAIN has formed a host family network in North America for the benefit of Kachchhi Students coming from India for higher studies here in the United States and Canada. The host families may also host Kachchhi Youths born and/or raised in the U.S., who are visiting other states for college search, job hunting or even for recreational purposes and desiring room and board on a very temporary basis (1 to 2 days).

Loan Program

KOJAIN provides Interest free financial assistance to needy persons in the community of Kachchhi Oswal Jains in North America. Loan program is available for Students as well as for people in need.

To read more about the loan program please click here