About the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism seeks to inspire the emergence
of an enlightened American society that reflects the universal Buddhist values of
wisdom, compassion, mindfulness, and meditation.
The purpose of the Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship is to attract the best and brightest
students to Naropa University, and to support the studies of those who will go on
to make significant contributions to American Buddhism.
- $10,000 to $15,000 for each academic year in which they are enrolled while meeting
the academic requirements of the program
- Unless otherwise specified, one new student will receive the award each year.
Application Deadline: March 1st
The Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship will be awarded to one new student for the 2020-2021
academic year. In order to apply, you must meet below criteria:
- Apply to the Master of Divinity Program
- Able to demonstrate outstanding academic record and promise
- U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
- Demonstrate potential for making a meaningful contribution to the development of America
- Completed admissions application to the Master of Divinity programs
- Lenz Cover Letter: Outline why you are qualified for the award, and how you hope to
make a contribution to Buddhism in American (1-2 pages)
- Lenz Essay: Describe an aspect of Frederick Lenz's work. View the Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship essay topic (6-8 pages)
- Academic Paper: an academic paper you have written in an undergraduate or graduate
course, one that represents the quality of your academic writing and critical thinking
skills (8-15 pages)
- Two letters of recommendation and a resume
- This scholarship is not need-based, however, students will need to have a completed
2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to be considered.
- Interview: Before a final selection is made, candidate(s) may be required to complete
a phone interview with the members of the Lenz Foundation and the scholarship selection
committee as part of the selection process
CURRENT AND FUTURE RECIPIENTS
To continue receiving the scholarship after the first year of study, the student must:
- Maintain status as a full-time student
- Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA
- Continue to demonstrate both academic and personal excellence in fulfillment of departmental
and vocational expectations
- Submit a cover letter and essay describing the student’s current thinking about career
goals and personal evolution as a result of scholastic work and contemplative practice
- A new FAFSA must be completed for each Academic year
- Prior to the recipient commencing their final academic year at Naropa, and prior to
any funding of that recipient's Lenz Scholarship for that final academic year, the
recipient will write a scholarly paper analyzing and commenting upon some aspect of
Dr. Lenz's work, and shall submit the same to the Financial Aid Office.
- Faculty within the Wisdom Traditions Department shall review the paper, and, if worthy,
certify it for academic excellence and then submit this to the Foundation *The Foundation
may publish the paper in whole or part, in any form or media, at the discretion of
- If this condition is not met, the recipient shall not receive a Lenz Scholarship for
their final year.
Lenz Merit Scholar Alumni Opportunity
Lenz Scholars that successfully complete their matriculation and graduate as a Lenz
Scholar may have the opportunity to:
- Participate in Lenz Foundation grantee training programs as may be available from
time to time; and
- Apply for grants on a favored consideration basis to the Lenz Foundation for and on
behalf of any 501(c)(3) public charity organization by which they are employed or
with which they are affiliated, and which may be otherwise qualified to receive grants
under the Lenz Foundation's grant making guidelines.