A young Tibetan student has been awarded with one of the oldest fellowships in the United States according to the news release published by his college. With the award, the Tibetan youth is entitle to a fellowship worth $8,500 which will help the young student who will be pursuing a graduate program in one of the top universities in the US.
Tenzin Dawa Thargay, a first generation Tibetan American has been awarded with the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship 2019 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Tibetan youth is among 58 other recipients across the US from all academic disciplines.
“Tenzin Dawa Thargay, a 2018 UMass Amherst graduate, has been awarded a Fellowship worth $8,500 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Thargay is one of 58 recipients nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.” said the news release by University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday.
According to the report, Thargay received a bachelor’s degree in political science and Chinese from UMass. As a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, Thargay will pursue a master’s degree in international affairs at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
While at UMass, he won the David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Engagement Program and studied in Taiwan. A member of Commonwealth Honors College, he won a Fulbright Research Scholarship, the Commonwealth Honors College Class of 1941 Honors Humanitarian Award, Political Science Department Public Service Award, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Feldman-Vorwerk Family Undergraduate Research Award. He was also the 2018 commencement student speaker.
After graduation, Thargay served as an intern in the White House office of the United States trade representative, where he supported the deputy assistant trade representative for China affairs by conducting research, translating and analyzing data on U.S.-China trade issues.