From Scrapped Scholarships to Designing Dreams

Remember the highly talented Nepali students whose scholarships were revoked this past April due to an administrative oversight? Here’s an update on how they’re doing:

Students have made their first attempts at carving pumpkins, and experienced their first snowfall. Some have built rockets in the desert for an Embry-Riddle course project and nearly all have found on-campus work. Roman Shrestha at U of Denver says, “I’m so happy to share that I got appointed as a lab assistant for my Chemistry professor. It is a great feeling to start my freshman year with this position.”

On the other side of the globe, the students at SUNY Korea are amazed at Korean efficiency as they watched a whole football field constructed within days. Students at NW Qatar are testing their journalism skills and sharing their stories, including this one by Krishna Sharma. Shashwat Maharjan just won Central Michigan University’s American Mathematics Society’s Annual Integration Bee - as a freshman!  

As of today, we’re happy to report that 51 Nepali students are matriculating at universities in US, Canada, S Korea, Qatar, Nepal and Australia - half with full scholarships, the other half with partial scholarships.


As a freshman at Central Michigan University,  Sashwat is using all of his skills and opportunities and putting them to the test while winning a math award in a contest that included upperclassmen competitors.


The Stories Behind The Stories

Several students are struggling beyond what we would normally expect to see, but we know we must also consider all the surrounding, unprecedented circumstances. The cultural shock any new student may feel, for these kids, has been compounded by their incredible last minute life-changing university plans and the act of just trying to be a kid at college.  Unresolved financial gaps, will prevent some from graduating from college, without third party intervention.

Overall, the kids are happy. From every grade received and insider’s comment, it seems they are a match for their programs. Picture after picture on social media verify that their teachers and friends gain much from their presence. We want to go the full length of the football field. We want to write the whole story from beginning to end. We want to build the financial and emotional rocket that launches them into a life of success and stewardship.

 

Biswas hopes to make his dreams come true graduating with a mechanical engineering   degree from Embry Riddle in Prescott, Arizona.


Choose #OneSmallThing


We have two goals:

1) To place the remaining six students at universities.

  • Concourse Global is still open for viewing student profiles and making offers and connections. (Contact ja[email protected] to take a look at remaining student profiles.)

2) To raise $250,000 total in gap funding, for those students at universities who have unresolved financial gaps, so they can successfully graduate from university.

  • Get closer to our journey and more familiar by listening or watching

  • Send our story to someone who would consider sponsoring a student’s academic and/or housing for one year or more.

    • Come read testimonials on the  Everest Education web site to see if any of the students’ stories may match an institution or donor.

    • Make an introduction. Link us to someone you know who might care enough to make a transformative gift of any form.

  • Help us amplify this story:

    • Share our posts and add your own words. This is the algorithm workaround on Facebook.  

    • Connect us to someone you know. Anyone who works in media, runs a YouTube Channel, runs a podcast, creates documentaries.

    • Do you love to blog or want to interview one of the students yourself? We want to talk to all supporters!

  • Contact us for more information:

This story is not over yet. Ongoing support, in every form, is what has made these success stories possible.


Sincerely,

The Nepal Justice League

Kelly Braun, Saigon South International School, Vietnam
Emily Dobson, Brazil College Counseling & EDge College Consultants
Jamie Kanki, Concourse Global
Marie Kobayashi, St. Mary’s International School, Japan
Joan Liu, UWCSEA East Campus, Singapore
Selena Malla, USEF-Nepal
Samantha Moktan, GEMS Institute of Higher Education, Nepal
Diva Shrestha, Nepal Leadership Academy 


 Newsworthy Nepalis

Devid Lamichhane continues to fight to cover his gap at the University of Houston to study mechanical engineering.  With almost straight As in course like calculus, and a recent scholarship of USD$1,500 from the Engineering department, Devid hopes to get enough support to live on campus (he currently commutes two hours and lives with a Nepali grad student) closer to his peers and in order to have a better chance to get on-campus work. All he wants is to focus his energies on being educated and being happy. “The stressful financial gap of approximately 14K has made it hard for me to continue my education. Sometimes I wonder what a hell of a journey life is - from being awarded a full ride to worrying about dropping out of college due to a financial gap."

 

 
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