DHARAMSHALA: Kunchok Dolma, a junior at CUNY Honors College at Lehman, is among the recipients of a prestigious three-year Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, according to a spokesman of Tibetan government in exile here today.
The Fellowship provides internships, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities to promising New York City undergraduates with the goal of increasing their life choices and developing their capacity to make a difference in their own and others’ lives.
Each summer, fellows participate in a ten-week internship at one of several participating organizations including the New York State Supreme Court and the United Nations.
The Fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend for the first summer and $6,000 each for the second and third summers, totaling $17,000.
In addition, students receive a laptop and take part in educational seminars and cultural events.
Nine New York City colleges, including Lehman, are currently participating in the J.K. Watson Fellowship program, which was established in 1999 by the Thomas K. Watson Foundation.
Kunchok Dolma spent her first Watson summer internship (2006) with the Media Services Branch of the United Nations Population Fund in New York.
She spent her second summer internship (2007) with Justice Yates at the New York State Supreme Court.
She is planning to spend her third summer internship (2008) with the Department of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India.
Kunchok Dolma was born and educated in Nepal. Before she moved to the United States in 2004, she also volunteered as a teacher in Nepal.
Kunchok Dolma’s ambition is to earn Ph. D. in international law in order to serve the Tibetan community through law and non-violence.