University of the West receives $1 million in scholarship donations for 2012-13

ROSEMEAD, Calif. – SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 – University of the West is excited to offer up to $1 million in scholarship awards to new students entering the campus in the 2012-13 school year, it was announced Monday Sept. 26 by the UWest president.

UWest anticipates awarding 150 scholarships in amounts of $10,000 or $5,000 for the 2012-13 academic year. A year of tuition at UWest costs approximately $8,000 for a full time undergraduate student and $6,400 for a full time graduate student. The scholarship is available to qualified students attending UWest full time.

The scholarship funds were donated by many people all over the world who are connected to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, which is the parent organization for Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. UWest is the only Buddhist-founded university with accreditation in Los Angeles County.
The financial aid awards were dubbed the Lotus Scholarships to reflect the university’s Buddhist roots.

Scholarships will be made available to a wide variety of student profiles. For example, scholarship money has been set aside for Rosemead residents, local high school teachers and students, community college transfer students and even professors from community colleges. International students are also offered the scholarship, something often uncommon among U.S. higher education institutions, Kosareff said.

Interested parties are asked to visit the UWest Web site at, or contact Mr. Jason Kosareff (626 656 2311) for more information.

UWest was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2006. The campus currently serves about 230 students.
University of the West is a Buddhist-founded campus open to all students, regardless of beliefs, and is located in the Eastern suburbs of Los Angeles County. More information can be found at

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