- Students must be followers of the Hindu faith.
- Students must either be American citizens, Green Card holders, or be in the process of obtaining such permanent residency.
- Students must be based in Central Florida (and have lived here for at least 1 year). We define Central Florida as the following
counties: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk, Brevard and Volusia.
- Students must be currently enrolled in a high school in the Central Florida area.
- Students must be full-time students at a fully accredited college or university within the U.S. for the upcoming academic year,
working towards a bachelor's degree.
- Students must demonstrate superior scholarship (unweighted GPA over 3.0 and high SAT/ACT scores) and a track record of volunteer
work and leadership experience. They must show a good understanding of financial responsibility and current world affairs.
- Write a comprehensive essay (600-800 words) and five summary points of view (about 200 words each).
- The comprehensive essay will address the following topic:
Discuss briefly yourself, your education status, and your hobbies and interest. Discuss more extensively how being a Hindu in America has shaped your life to date and how you see your future as an American Hindu. Cover the conflicts and challenges you expect to face and how your practice and understanding of Hinduism will lead to a deeper harmony and further relationships with your family and fellow citizens.
- The summary points of view will cover understanding of financial responsibility and current world affairs. They will be updated annually
and will be available in the application.
- Provide written evidence of volunteer work in addition to that required for Florida Bright Futures, or similar work to benefit the community.
- Provide an official high school transcript and updated college transcript (if applicable).
- Provide at least 1 Letter of Recommendation (see form included with application).
- Be prepared to attend an interview with the Generation OM Grant Award Committee.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
- Students must demonstrate a commitment to the Generation OM mission statement and values by engaging in the following service projects.
- 40 hours of approved volunteer work per academic year.
- 1 article contribution per Generation OM newsletter.
- Students must be willing to become Youth Ambassadors for the organization as well as take an active part as volunteers in its activities, whenever their university schedule permits.