Buddha’s Light Young Adult Award

Fo Guang Shan Temple
November 17, 2023

The Buddha’s Light Young Adult Award is established by the FGS Temple of Toronto to foster community engagement of young adults in the four objectives of Humanistic Buddhism (Culture, Education, Charity, Cultivation) and the Three Acts of Goodness (good words, good deeds, good thoughts).

Up to ten (10) students between the ages of 18 and 35 will be awarded with the amount of $1000 each. Applicants of all identities, backgrounds and intersectionalities are welcome to apply. This award is not only an opportunity for young adults to share and celebrate their journey with Humanistic Buddhism, but also a learning opportunity to connect who they are and what they have done with Humanistic Buddhism.

How to Apply

Applicants must:

  1. be enrolled in a post-secondary education program, or a graduating high school student who will be enrolling in a post-secondary education program.
  2. be enrolled in an educational program which is relevant to one of the Four Objectives of Fo Guang Shan: Culture, Education, Charity and Cultivation.
  3. obtain an academic cumulative average of 60 or above (or GPA 2.0 or above, or C average or above) on their most recent academic transcript
  4. be interested in making connections with their personal life experiences or faith-related experiences with Humanistic Buddhism.
  5. between the ages of 18 and 35.

The application form, letter of endorsement, transcripts, and personal statement should be submitted to this Google Form.

Files should be submitted as a PDF format. The personal statement should be typed in Arial font size 12. The deadline for submission of the application form and files is Friday November 17, 2023. Late submissions or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The completed application should include:

  1. A fully completed Buddha’s Light Young Adult Award application form.
  2. A copy of a recently issued transcript from the applicant’s current institution.
  3. An endorsement letter from a referee of your choice i.e. school, work, or volunteer contacts.
  4. A personal statement (1500-2500 words) which includes the following:
    a. Provide evidence of community involvement in areas that foster cultural activities, education, charity, self cultivation and the Three Acts of Goodness.
    b. Highlights of your personal and academic experiences, and elaborate how this award will support your post-secondary plans. Please include a brief description of your apprenticeship, college/university, etc., including the program you intend to study or currently studying.
    c. Reasons for selecting your program of study, and highlights of current and future goals (personal and/or career).
    d. Reflection on your participation and experiences as a volunteer and a contributing member of society in community organizations. Include a brief description of your community involvement and any extracurricular activities you participate in.
    e. Provide a description of your financial need. Will you be applying for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program or other needs-based funding sources?

Applicants are encouraged to describe the following in their personal statement:

  • What does Humanistic Buddhism mean to you?
  • How will you apply Humanistic Buddhism in your educational journey?
  • Describe your encounters and experiences with Humanistic Buddhism.
  • Make connections of your personal life or faith-related experiences with Humanistic Buddhism

For any inquiries, email: award@fgs.ca