Monday, April 25, 2005

Veda Joshi, a native of Nepal who resides in California, and his family have made a $5,000 gift to the Nepal Scholarship Fund at Fairmont State.

Joshi, who left Nepal more than 35 years ago to settle in America, has been involved in many efforts to promote Nepal and to help Nepalis in America and Nepal. He established the Betsy Goodall Scholarship Fund, which supports four Nepali female students per year for their education in Nepal. He is the founder of and has served as president of the America-Nepal Society of California from 1973 to 1984. He is a founding member and Board of Directors member of the Majendra Memorial fund, as well as a founding, life member of the Association of Nepalis in the Americas (ANA) and a patron, life member of Nepal Pasa Pucha of America (NPPA). Joshi was also awarded the prestigious Prabal Gorkha Dakshim Bahu medal by the King of Nepal for his support of the Nepali community. Joshi has three sons, one daughter and six grandchildren.

The Nepal Scholarship Fund, established at Fairmont State in 1989 to assist Nepali students in their studies, is a scholarship endowment fund managed by the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. This scholarship program, as a partnership in education, has been supported by Fairmont State and the Nepali communities and friends of Nepal in America and Canada including the ANA, NPPA and the Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA).

Currently, 10 Nepali students have received scholarships under the international scholarship program and the joint scholarship partnership of the Foundation. Since the inception of this program, 21 Nepali students have received scholarships under the Nepal scholarship and the international scholarship programs of the FS Foundation and the university. Eighteen Nepali students are currently enrolled at Fairmont State.

Dr. Tulasi Joshi is the coordinator of the Nepal Scholarship Program and a faculty member at Fairmont State.

“This program not only assists Nepali students’ study in America, but it also promotes international education in West Virginia,” Joshi said. “I admire the decision of Veda Joshi and his family members for their vision and selection of this program. I also would like to express appreciation and gratitude to others who have supported the program, including the ANA, ANMA and NPPA.”

The Fairmont State Foundation, Inc., helps to secure resources for scholarships, faculty development, cultural programming and other needs. The Fairmont State Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization formed to assist Fairmont State by accepting and encouraging gifts and by using them to advance the missions of Fairmont State University and Fairmont State Community & Technical College. The Foundation is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

For more information on gift planning, call (304) 367-4014. To make a gift online, click here.

For more information on the Nepal scholarship program, visit www.fairmontstate.edu or contact Dr. Tulasi Joshi at (304) 367-4145 or at tjoshi@fairmontstate.edu.