The Association of Washington Generals Presents:

Compassion 2020

The Association of Washington Generals is sponsoring 5 hand-picked students from throughout Washington State to participate in the Compassion 2020 program for free. These students will visit Dharamsala, speak directly with the Dalai Lama on the subject of cultivating compassionate leadership, and will implement their own “Compassion Projects” in their communities once they return home. Any donation you make to this program will go to defray the cost of their participation and will support their “Compassion Projects.”



The central mission of the Association of Washington Generals (AWG) is to recognize and cultivate leadership in Washington state. To that end, the AWG has partnered with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to establish a program aimed at promoting compassionate leadership in the next decade called Compassion 2020.

Compassion 2020 is a statewide program that will give a select group of high school students the life-changing experience of traveling to Dharamsala, India as “Compassion Scholars” with a distinguished delegation from Washington State to meet the Dalai Lama. Following the trip, the Compassion Scholars will take on personal projects with support from the AWG aimed at inspiring compassion in their communities.   

The program is open to eligible high school students who are motivated to inspire compassion in their communities, develop their leadership skills, and learn about new cultures.


Program: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama & Tour of Dharamsala

  • Program Application Period: Closes July 31st, 2019

  • Estimated Departure Trip Date: Nov 6th, 2019

  • Estimated Return Trip Date: Nov 12th, 2019

Students selected for the program will travel to Dharamsala, India with a delegation of community leaders from Washington state to visit sites of cultural and historical interest including the Tibetan Children’s Village, the Dolma Ling Nunnery, and the Norbulingka Cultural Center. The trip will culminate with a 90-minute delegation meeting with the Dalai Lama at the Dalai Lama Temple in McLeod Ganj. The meeting will consist of a facilitated discussion on the topic of cultivating compassion in the next generation, which will be publicly broadcast.

Students on the delegation may have the opportunity to personally ask the Dalai Lama a question related to the central discussion topic.


The delegation will comprise up to 20 community leaders working to promote compassion throughout the state. One of the delegation members will be a chaperone whose sole responsibility will be ensuring the well-being and safety of the student delegates.

Up to 5 students will be selected to participate in the Compassion 2020 delegation, with all transportation, airfare, and lodging expenses sponsored by the Association of Washington Generals. Students will be selected based on the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of their responses to the application essay questions and the strength of their character references.

Leadership Development

Following the trip to India, the Association of Washington Generals will continue to serve as a resource to the selected students to support the development of their compassion-based work, as well as to promote their personal leadership development goals.


To be eligible to participate in the Compassion 2020 delegation, a student must:

  • Submit the Compassion 2020 Student Application by July 31st;

  • be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident;

  • be a high school student in the 2019-2020 school year;

  • obtain parental/guardian consent for applying to this program; and

  • obtain permission from a school administrator for school absences prior to the trip. Students are required to submit evidence of school permission for absences after being selected for the program, not for the application.  

If you encounter any issues with submitting your application, please email