Awarded $5,000

Doctor in Religions, specializing in Zoroastrianism

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Ruzbeh Vistasp Hodiwala is pursuing his doctoral studies in Zoroastrianism at SOAS, University of London. He completed his Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad in 2015 and Master’s in Iranian Studies from SOAS in 2017. He has served as the vice president of the St. Xavier’s College Student Council and was instrumental in reconstituting the India Society at SOAS in 2016, where he served as the co-president during his postgrad program.

Pledge:

I pledge to be available to guide the students of our community who require assistance in planning their education abroad.

Awarded $2,000

BA in Public Health Sciences

University of Maryland

Nasreen Bhumgara is currently a Pre-Medicine student at the University of Maryland. She is very dedicated to her career goals and have worked very hard to get where she currently is, and will continue to do so until her goals has been achieved. She strives to get her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Science. The Public Health field is one of the most vast fields to get a degree in, and will help her expand her knowledge on the health of greater populations, preparing her to hopefully get accepted into a reputable Medical School.

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I want to use my education to help children improve their quality of life, by making sure that they are physically and mentally healthy; develop long-term relationships with a diverse group of students from all over the world during my undergraduate…

Awarded $2,000

BA in Dramatic Art (Acting)

University of Southern California(USC)

Shanaya Sales is currently a Freshman at the University of Southern California where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Stage, Screen, and New Media. She was born and raised in San Jose, California where she first began attending the Darb-eh-Mehr as a baby--accompanying her older sister and mom. As this community became an integral part of her bi-weekly routine, her life values, and most important friendships, her involvement and devotion increased.

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I hope to work with northern California Zclass theater group, and any other members of our community who are interested in production of future plays.

Awarded $2,000

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Tarana Kaovasia was born in Mumbai and brought up in Pune, India. Growing up, she was exposed to a variety of experiences with her family playing a vital role in shaping who she is today. They encouraged and supported her in my endeavors- from introducing her to the piano at the age of five to supporting her when she represented her state in soccer and now sending her far from home to pursue her Master’s. They taught her that if she went after hergoals with good thoughts, good words and good deeds, then sky’s the limit to what she can achieve.

Pledge:

I extend my support to any student who seeks it. I will help them to the best of my abilities or will get them in touch with the best person for the job. I also want to make other Zoroastrian students aware of the financial support available from…

Awarded $1,000

M.A. in Development Studies

University of Sussex

Jamsheed Cooper was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Dubai, UAE. He graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and am now pursuing an MA in Governance, Development, and Public Policy at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton, UK.

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I aim to compile a directory of Zoroastrians working in government, international agencies, the private sector, and NGOs on issues of development, international affairs, and public policy, which would serve as a useful career resource for…

Awarded $1,000

M.A. in Development Studies

University of Sussex

Kashmeera Patel was born and raised in Delhi where she lived until September 2019 when she moved to the UK to pursue her Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies. She aspires to become such a development specialist and work towards inclusive and holistic development in the near future.

Pledge:

I am committed to helping out other young members of my community.