Gandhi Student Peace Award

Mahatma Gandhi Annual Student Award

Up to $1,500 awarded in Fall

The Mahatma Gandhi Annual Student Award was established at Simon Fraser University in 2007 through the generous contributions of the JS Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at SFU , the Thakore Endowment and the Institute for the Humanities at SFU (and prior to 2016, the India Club of Vancouver).  The purpose of this award is to recognize and honour those SFU students who, in the spirit of Gandhi’s work, have been active in voluntary community service in areas related to peace, justice and human rights.

The Mahatma Gandhi Annual Student Award, valued at up to $1,500, will be granted annually to a current or newly admitted full-time SFU student in good academic standing on the basis of demonstrated community service and leadership.

Voluntary service may include any voluntary service which contributes toward the betterment of the human condition: health related and caring services, literacy and training programs, peer group assistance, work with peace organizations, social justice initiatives, community building services, anti-violence programs, anti-poverty programs, and local, national and international programs that address issues related to peace, justice, and human rights.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a new or current full-time undergraduate student at SFU.
  • Must be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at SFU. In the case that the student is a first-term or transfer student, he/she must possess an equivalent secondary school or college standing.
  • Registered in a minimum of 9 units of standard graded courses in the fall term.

Applications must include:

  • A 1-page description of the student’s volunteer work, which includes why the specific volunteer work was chosen, the student’s experience as a volunteer, and the effectiveness or impact of their volunteer work.
  • At least one letter of reference (signed and sealed by the referee) from a person in the organization or group with which the student volunteered.
  • A resume that includes all of the student’s paid and volunteer work to date.

The recipient of the award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee based upon the nomination of the Institute of Humanities Gandhi committee.  Recipients will be recognized at the Gandhi Jayanti Event on October 2nd each year and therefore must be available for the garlanding.

Deadline for all entries is August 31 of each year.

Entries are to be sent to the:

Institute for the Humanities
#3150, SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6B 5K3

For further information, contact Huyen Pham,  Institute for the Humanities:

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