Buddha Teas Fair Trade Scholarship Program

Buddha Teas is happy to announce a monthly scholarship program for students attending or planning to attend a fair trade university or study fair trade or international studies.

$1,000 Scholarship

The Buddha Teas Fair Trade Scholarship Program will provide $1,000 to a different student each month to be used toward educational expenses.

To be considered for the award, students must be enrolling in such a program in the following academic year, or already be enrolled in a qualifying degree program. Scholarship applicants must be age 18 and over, and anywhere from high school seniors to graduate-level seniors.

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The Scholarship Essay

To enter the Buddha Teas Fair Trade Scholarship contest, students must submit an essay explaining why they want to attend study fair trade or international studies, or attend a fair trade school. We are looking for essays from applicants that show what drives them, and why they feel that studying fair trade or going to a fair trade school is important.

Essay Theme

For many students, college is a time when they expand their social consciousness and become more aware of the world around them and their role in it — and their impact on it. Many colleges, in response to student concerns about the environment and human rights, have become more cognizant of how they use their resources and where they spend their money.

These colleges make fair trade a priority, ensuring that the goods and services purchased by the school, and offered to students, are acquired from businesses that respect the human and environmental factors that go into creating those products, including everything from food and clothing to building materials for campus buildings.

To help foster the next generation of ethical business leaders, many of these schools have added fair trade programs of study or concentrations to their business and international studies programs. Because these principles are in line with Buddha Teas’ responsible, eco-friendly ethos, we are excited to support these students in their educational pursuits to ensure an ethical and sustainable future.

Your essay should bring your social consciousness and passion for ethical and responsible commerce to life, and show how you plan to make a difference in the world through your education and career goals.

Winner Selection Process

Essays will be judged by Buddha Teas staff, and finalist essays may be posted on the Buddha Teas website as well as on social media for voting. Social voting is not the sole basis of the final decision, but may influence the eventual outcome.

Essay Requirements

Your essay should be 500 to 750 words, and must be submitted via email, preferably as a Microsoft Word document, to scholarshipsubmissions@buddhateas.com on or before the last day of the month. In addition to the essay, your application should include:

  • Your name, email address, and phone number in your email and at the top of each page
  • A copy of your most recent school transcript and proof of school enrollment.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to qualify for the scholarship.
  • A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae. (Optional)

General Essay Advice

We are looking for students who can clearly demonstrate their passion and personal commitment to fair trade and responsible practices. Supporting fair trade initiatives means encouraging businesses that respect the human and environmental factors that go into creating a consumer product, be it edible, wearable, or something else entirely. Don’t just tell us that you want to change the world; show us vibrant examples of what led you to care about fair trade and detailed statements about who you are and why you think we should choose you for this award.

While all applicants may have different goals and career aspirations, all will share a similar social consciousness and desire to ensure sustainable and ethical practices in business. Avoid rehashing your resume; paint a picture of what you think is unique about you and how you plan to change the world.

About Buddha Teas

Founded in 2009, Buddha Teas offers organic teas and natural herbal teas that are healthy for both consumers and the environment. Many of the teas offered by Buddha Teas are single-ingredient herbal teas made from 100 percent natural ingredients, designed to provide the strongest possible benefit to be found in a single herb.

Buddha Teas is committed to honoring the Earth and its many blessings by taking no more than what is needed, and supporting sustainability through recycled and compostable products and packaging.