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Hinduism is a minority religion in the United States. Reportedly 1% of American citizens practice Hinduism. Thankfully, some organizations are invested in helping this less-recognized group of students pursue their educational goals and provide scholarships for them.

SVS (Balaji) Temple of Greater Chicago

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: May 15, 2018

This scholarship is intended to help students and their families. Two students will be awarded a scholarship, and the money will be distributed over four years.

To be eligible: Students must complete and mail in an application with appropriate materials, submit letters of recommendation, potentially participate in a phone interview, be enrolled in an accredited college program, maintain a B average, and have no prior criminal record.

Learn more about this scholarship here.

The Hindu Temple Educational Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

This scholarship is intended to help strengthen the growth of the Hindu Temple community. Students must be from a membership family of the  Hindu Temple, and can only use the scholarship on tuition and books.

To be eligible: Applicants must be in their senior year of high school, with plans to attend a 2 or 4 year institution. Students are required to have a minimum 3.00 GPA, submit letters of recommendation and an essay about academic goals and future plans, and have volunteer experience at Hindu Temple events.

Learn more about this scholarship here.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati Sanatan Dharma Scholarship

Amount: $500 to 4 Individuals

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Four winners will be awarded this scholarship from the Coalition of Hindu Youth, in honor of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The scholarship is to be used for enrollment at a 2 or 4 year institution.

To be eligible: Students need to send in appropriate application materials, including a small summary of community service performed in their most recent school year and a 1,500 word essay on the beginning years of Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s life.

Learn more about this scholarship here.  

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