Scholarship

congress2000legacy Scholarship

An Introduction

congress2000legacy is a scholarship program set up by the Zoroastrian Association of Houston

The Seventh World Congress 2000 held in Houston, Texas, was co-hosted by The Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH) and Federation of Zoroastrian Association of North America (FEZANA). The success of Congress 2000 can be measured in many aspects; one being that it provided ZAH with a residual positive balance of funds.

The congress2000legacy Award was established as a result of the funds that ensued from the success of ZAH’s World Zoroastrian Congress 2000.

Each year, the congress2000legacy Award will recognize young Zoroastrian students from ZAH who are studying at or about to enter the University at all levels and who have achieved excellence in their scholastic studies, in extra-curricular activities and who have made substantial contribution to Zarathushti community affairs.

The Desai family generously contribute one award every year and that Legacy Award is named the CYRUS ROHINTON DESAI scholarship and is given to an eligible undergraduate Zoroastrian going to college for the FIRST YEAR, because all that Cyrus wanted was to attend a college, even if it was for a day, and sadly that was not to be since he lost his fight with cancer.

OUR VISION

The congress2000legacy funds are designated to be used to preserve the history of ZAH’s Congress 2000 and to recognize the academic achievers in our community. A start-up-team was formed to organize, preserve/grow and disburse these funds via the awards program.

The congress2000legacy Awards are implemented and now our goal is to draw upon individuals, corporations, charitable institutions, trust funds, donors and past congress 2000 legacy awardees to contribute.

At congress2000legacy, we have identified that the way to attract additional funds for awards and loans is to offer the donors an opportunity to name the award after a loved one and/or their institutions.

Our future plans call for LOANS to be formulated and introduced as a criterion. These loans will be based on the earnings of the original fund’s activities and new donor infusions. The Legacy Committee is progressing this effort at a larger scale, to ensure this program sustains over years to come.

Finally, a solution is being worked on to introduce a NEED based criteria award and may be considered on an individual basis. This again will be based as the cash income increases or with new donor designated funds.

F.A.Q (Frequently Asked Questions)

Thanks to some of our past applicants and/or winners emails we have realized that there are many questions that remain unanswered. They have raised some interesting questions. We have listed some of their questions in the list below.

ZAH Legacy Scholarship is open to any student, even those that are currently in college. Is this true?

Finally, a solution is being worked on to introduce a NEED based criteria award and may be considered on an individual basis. This again will be based as the cash income increases or with new donor designated funds.

I have won this award in the past, are I eligible to apply again?

Finally, a solution is being worked on to introduce a NEED based criteria award and may be considered on an individual basis. This again will be based as the cash income increases or with new donor designated funds.

Does the same apply to the Cyrus Desai Award also?

Unfortunately NO, that awards ONLY for the student going to college for the first year, as listed in the application form.

Do you have more than one ZAH AWARD in the same year?

It depends on funding available. Yes, this year (2015)we have two ZAH awards plus oneCyrus Desai Award.

Are all awards given out each year?

Not really, if the judges find that the applicant does not meet the set criteria an award may not be given out. However fortmately this has never happened to us.

Can an award be split?

YES, in case of a tie, the judging committee may elect to split ONLY the ZAH award.

Should I submit the same application that I did in the past?

NO, applications ma), have changes/additions/deletions and are updated nearly every year. Also contacts, address, location, education etc., may have changed. Finally, do note that judging expectations may vary based on level of education/class/year of the applicant.

Would I just submit the same essay and tweak the past information?

There has been a marked improvement in the quality of the submission over the years. The essay is an important component of the competition. Good essays are the result of reflection and several revisions; the first essay is just a draft. We recommend that
you invest effort in improving your submission from the past. Of course, this is your call.

Can we contact the committee with questions, and how often?

YES absolutely and as often as required. You are however encouraged to carefully read through the entire application and then raise the questions you may have. It is important that you do NOT leave any question you may have unanswered.

Besides the Legacy committee who could we call on for assistance/advice?

All past award winners are listed on the SCHOLARSHIP PAGE LINK on the zah.org web site. Your peers may be the best resource for your questions as well

Apply For Scholarship

The Zoroastrian Association of Houston has multiple scholarships. Please download the form below and follow the directions listed on the form

The Zoroastrian Association of Houston