Buddha's Light International Association (South Island) New Zealand Scholarship




The scholarship will be awarded once a year & can only be received once by any one student during their time at Ara.

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To recognise, encourage and foster good character in our future generations. The basis for this is taken from the teachings of Venerable Master Hsing Yun who is the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Monastic Order and Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA).

Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order is the largest Buddhist organization in Taiwan, founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1967. His objective was to promote Humanistic Buddhism through cultural development, education, charity and Buddhist practice.

Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA) is an affiliate of Fo Guang Shan, taking much of its direction from the order. It was established in Los Angeles, USA in 1992 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun in response to the needs of local lay Buddhist practitioners. Since then, the BLIA Taiwan has gradually gained recognition overseas, expanding into 173 countries throughout five continents.

BLIA works closely with members of other Buddhist temples, colleges, scholastic organizations, lay practitioners associations, and meditation groups.

This scholarship is to recognise, encourage and foster good character in our future generations.

For more information about Fo Guang see their website.


To be eligible you must be a student enrolled in full or part time study at Ara and:

  • be under 25 years of age at the time of applying
  • be enrolled in a minimum 1 year programme
  • be able to show details of their involvement/volunteer work
  • show how you have contributed to society.

How to apply

Complete the application form and supporting information.

Further information is available from the Student Central Office, L103 in the Atrium, Ara.

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