Dawa, Foundation scholarship recipient

Dawa, Foundation scholarship recipient


So, I think certainly one of the things
we enjoy doing is having our student speakers come and share their stories with us about how the
Foundation benefits their lives. We have two speakers today. And our first speaker comes from way, way far away. I would have never thought that we had a Tibetan Student Scholarship here. But, Mr. Amend, thank you for that. We have Dawa Jigmed. So, come on up Dawa, say a few words – [Applause] Dawa is in his third year here at Spokane Falls. He’ll be graduating this spring with his AA degree. He plans to transfer to Whitworth to pursue a major in Secondary
Education and a minor in Environmental Science. That sounds like a creative combination there. [Dawa] Thanks. He’s been Vice President of the
International Students’ Club and Treasurer of the Beta Gamma Kappa and is an active member of the Service-Learning Club. So, Dawa, thank you and share a few words with us. Thank you. [Dawa] Thank you, very much. [Applause] Good afternoon, everyone. First of all, I’m very happy to be here. And thank you, President Ewing, for the wonderful introduction. Right now I want to ask you to imagine what kind of life your grandparents and their parents had more than one-hundred fifty years ago, when people relied upon simple farming life, hunting and nomadic life. At that time, there was no electricity,
no running water. and no technological innovations that we enjoy today. So, this may remind you of the cowboy culture. But, for Tibetan people, it is the culture of yak boys. Yeah – the nomadic culture. In fact, this is the culture that I was raised in. And I was good at herding yak babies. [Audience laughter] So, now you can imagine how many cultural transitions that I have crossed, and then, how grateful I feel to receive a scholarship to
continue my education. My parents passed away when I was a child. And I went to an orphanage school called Sengdruk Taktse, where I started my educational dreams. Although the facility of the school was not as good as other public schools, but it has great educational programs – especially on Tibetan literature, Tibetan philosophy and Tibetan language. So – when we were studying in Beijing
National University, my friend Jigmed, here, we got scholarships from Joru Foundation, to study at Spokane Falls in 2011. My main educational goal is learning knowledge and skills and bring these to Tibet, to improve Tibetan education. Especially I have – my main mission is – to create better educational opportunities for orphans and for poor students. Although the Joru Foundation has been tirelessly supporting our education, it has very limited funding. Therefore, I am very grateful to receive the Tibetan Student Scholarship. I’m really thankful, especially to Dr. Dexter and Gail Amend for their constant support. And I also want to thank Lama Lakshey Zangpo, Timothy Diko and my friend Jigmed. Because of them, I have been able to
continue my education. And I’ll be about to graduate from SFCC this spring quarter with an AA degree. [Applause] Thank you. At the same time I’m really thankful for all the members of
the CCS Foundation for their great support. Because of their great effort and their compassionate actions, many students like myself have completed their goals, not only for themselves, but for a better society. Thanks you very much. [Applause] Thanks!

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