Posts tagged ‘SikhAid’

Hurricane Irene Update: Five More Disaster Recovery Centers Set to Open

September 19, 2011,  ALBANY, N.Y. — Five more state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open on Tuesday, September 20, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding, according to state and federal officials. Continue reading ‘Hurricane Irene Update: Five More Disaster Recovery Centers Set to Open’ »

Haiti Situation Unique, Stress Relief Participants

February 19, 2010 3:19 p.m. EST

Topics: disaster and accident, relief and aid organization, United States

Tejinder Singh – AHN Correspondent

Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – The unique nature of the situation posed by the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti was highlighted by representatives from major relief organizations, the U.S. State Department and journalists with first-hand experience in post-earthquake Haiti in an hour-long presentation at the National Press Club on Thursday..

Nan Buzard of the American Red Cross emphasized the tremendous gap between the difficulty of the operation on the ground and the strong desire of the world for things to immediately improve in Haiti.

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Sikh Education Fund Scholarship

The applications for the 2010 Sirdar Kapur Singh Scholarship are now open. Please read more about it at

The Sikh Education Foundation (SEF)

Every year, Sikhs graduate from Oxbridge and Ivy League universities and go on to enjoy distinguished careers. However, the Sikh community has not tapped this rich scholastic resource to meet its challenges. Many more bright Sikh students do not make it to these prestigious universities due to lack of funds.

This has been due to two main reasons: Firstly, the Sikh community at large has limited access to these scholars and secondly, the scholars do not know how they could serve the Sikh community’s needs.

The Sikh Education Foundation had a natural birth in 2006. The time was right to set up an educational fund to engage Sikh graduates from prestigious universities at a time when the Sikh community faced challenges to their identity. To meet the needs of our advocacy, humanitarian relief and human development projects, UNITED SIKHS set up the Sikh Education Foundation to reach out to the ‘brains’ of the community.

UNITED SIKHS set up the first Sikh Education Foundation chapter at Harvard University in 2006. All scholars of the Harvard Sikh Educational Foundation are called Sirdar Kapur Singh Scholars.

The first Sirdar Kapur Singh scholar in 2006 was Sonu Kaur from Amritsar, Panjab, who is studying for her Masters in Public Policy degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She received $17,000 under the award.


The Foundation is run as a trust held by or under the control of the trustees (subject to the payment of all expenses properly incurred in connection with the scheme) to apply the income and the capital of the fund for The Advancement of Education through:

  a) Funding by scholarship, prize, grant or bursary all or part or to such extent
      as deemed appropriate by the trustees, the education of Sikhs eligible to
      participate in the scheme in accordance with the rules; and

  b) Funding by grant any individual, organization or company that undertakes
     research, teaching or carries out projects in relation to the preservation
     and study of Sikh History, Culture and Religion 

FUNDING is based on: 1) Outright donations from :

        i. The Public
        ii. The Sikh Aid fund to fund scholars studying developmental subjects
        iii. Gurdwaras to fund Sikh culture history and religion scholars
        iv. Sikh associations e.g. Sikh doctors association, Sikh lawyers
            association,to fund scholars studying in their particular area of
2) Sponsors to take up covenants to pay the interest for loans they underwrite for scholars, payable over 5 years after graduation. This gives donors tax breaks and the scholar obtains a loan for the full cost of their education with no burden until after graduation. Donors will be inspired to participate in this as they will not be paying the full amount of the loan interest because of tax breaks.

c) Scholarships, grants and bursaries for ALL areas of study with more awards      given to:

        1) Law
        2) Media
        3) Arts
        4) Developmental studies
        5) Social Studies

This list will be dynamic based on the current needs of community.

  d) SEF provides internships, career guidance and mentoring facilities to
     prepare aspiring applicants and for scholars on graduation.


         1) HARVARD
         2) STANFORD
         3) BOSTON
         4) NYU
         5) COLUMBIA
         6) BROWN
         7) UC BERKELEY
         8) PRINCETON
         9) YALE
        10) CORNELL

Please click here to fill the application form.You can also submit the following to :

  • a resume
  • a passport sized photo
  • a Statement of Purpose, explaining how their studies would benefit the community and humanity

UNITED SIKHS works with Oxford University to promote education in Punjab

usouta_spokesman_article_20091  Dhulka, Punjab, India: 9 Undergraduate students of Oxford University reached Punjab on August 4, 2009 to teach English at local public schools. The main aim of this program is to increase awareness amongst the local children and to encourage them to think beyond borders.

UNITED SIKHS has been running the UNITED SIKHS-Oxford University Travel Aid Project since 2006 with the aim of helping the people of Punjab develop a global mindset and approach. Under the project, undergraduate students from Oxford visit Punjab every year to teach English to the local village children. In addition to teaching them conversational English, the teachers also touch upon technical subjects like maths and science to promote a scientific approach. Continue reading ‘UNITED SIKHS works with Oxford University to promote education in Punjab’ »

Advancing Care Together: Parental Workshop at the Educare Center



05/25/2009, Richmond Hill, Queens, NY:  A parental workshop is conducted every 3rd weekend at the Educare Center in New York. Dr Jogesh Kaur, a pediatrician, conducted the 2nd session on grooming parents  to raise healthy children and handle behavioral problems. These classes will be conducted every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3:00pm – 5:00pm and was the second in series.  UNITED SIKHS is looking for volunteers. Continue reading ‘Advancing Care Together: Parental Workshop at the Educare Center’ »