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.
The Puriang Unitarian School in Puriang, Meghalaya, India
Donations pay for teacher salaries and classroom materials at the Puriang Unitarian School, owned and operated by our partner church. The school is rated as one of the best in the state and was the first Unitarian school to offer 11th and 12th grade classes. Puriang students excel in academics, the arts and sports. Headmaster Ditol Mylliemngap received a UNESCO Global Role Model award in 2015 and a state teacher award in September 2016.
Donations to the Puriang Unitarian School are pooled. The headmaster and School Management Committee decide how to use the funds and report the results back to Fairfax. Most of the funding goes to salaries for teachers in the lower grades and 11th and 12th grade. The school gets limited government funding for other teachers.
Unitarian students in Szentgerice, Transylvania, Romania
Donations help to cover the tuition for Unitarian high school students in Szentgerice, the small farming village where our partner church is located. Students who receive scholarships may be asked to “give back” by volunteering time to benefit the Unitarian church. In Szentgerice, the Fairfax donations are pooled. After each semester is completed, students qualify for funds based on their grades. Scholarship funds available from the pool are divided among the qualified students.
Please support the Partner Church Scholarship Program:
- $300 helps to support a classroom teacher at the Puriang Unitarian School, Meghalaya, India for a year.
- $300 assists a student in our partner church village of Szentgerice for a year.
- As the money is pooled, we will cheerfully and gratefully accept smaller amounts.