Hundreds of students each year from our partner communities in Transylvania (Romania) and Puriang, India, are given the opportunity to continue their education, thanks to the support of UUCF members like you! Each year, the Partner Church scholarship program collects funds to support high school and college students in the village of Szentgerice, Transylvania; high school students at the Janos Zsigmond Unitarius Kollegium in Kolozsvar, Transylvania; and the Puriang Unitarian School in Khasi Hills of India. The scholarship program, now in its 15th year, is one of the hallmark projects of the UUCF congregation. It was founded with the belief that supporting education is one of the most effective ways we can help. The scholarship program is administered by the Partner Church Circle and was named the Bob Tripp Scholarship Program to honor one of its founders, Bob Tripp, who developed and coordinated the program for more than 10 years.
We support scholarships for high school students of any faith who live in Szentgerice, Transylvania, Romania, the small farming village where our partner church is located. We have also supported some Szentgerice college students.
The Puriang Unitarian School is owned and operated by our partner church in Puriang, Meghalaya, India. UUCF member funding helps pay for teacher salaries and classroom materials. The school is rated as one of the best in the state and was recently approved to begin 11th and 12th grade classes – the first Unitarian School to achieve this honor. Headmaster Ditol Mylliemngap just received an award as a global role model.
Last fall UUCF raised $5,350 for scholarships for students of the János Zsigmond Unitárius Kollégium, the Unitarian high school in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Romania. It is one of the oldest high schools in Europe, founded in 1557. Most students are Unitarian, but may be of any faith. Zsolt Solymosi, a principal at the school, shared his appreciation:
“We are very honored and grateful for the scholarships provided by your great community at the Fairfax UU Congregation. Please share your gratitude and thanks with them.
We got news before Christmas that the scholarship will arrive. It takes a lot of time and bureaucratic procedures between banks to deliver the funds, but last week on Friday we where able to distribute the scholarship equally to the 29 students in the program … This scholarship is vital for these students, and thanks to your generosity, they are able to continue their studies.”