Nepal Scholarship Program

The Nepal Scholarship Program was established in 1989 at Fairmont State University (FSU) with the cooperation of the Association of Nepalis in the Americas (ANA) and the Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA). Since then, the scholarship program has received supports from other Nepali organizations, such as the Nepalese Associations in Southeastern America and the Florida Nepali Association, and over a hundred Nepalis and friends of Nepal in America and Canada. The Nepal scholarship fund for this program is managed by the Fairmont State Foundation. Dr. Tulasi R. Joshi, a professor of geography and the chair of the Scholarship Committee of ANA, was instrumental for the establishment of this scholarship program. Presently he is the coordinator of the scholarship program.

Nepali students are eligible to apply for the Nepal scholarships and international scholarships of Fairmont State University to study at the University.  Requirements, selection criteria and the scholarship amount of both scholarships are the same.  The scholarship amount  was over $5,000 for the 2005-06 academic year.  Nepali students who do not receive international scholarships of the University will be considered for the Nepal scholarships.  Nepali students are advised to apply for the international scholarships, and do not have to apply separately for the Nepal scholarships.  Number of the Nepal scholarships each year depends on the  funds available.  There is also an international scholarship.

As of now, the Nepal scholarship program and the international scholarships of FSU have benefited 21 Nepali students in the amount of over $320,000 for their undergraduate studies at FSU.  Fifteen of them have graduated; five of them are currently studying at FSU with scholarships; and one has transferred to another college.

Interested persons may support the program by 1) informing prospective students in Nepal who desire to come to America primarily for undergraduate education, 2) raising funds for the program, and 3) making a monetary donation to the program (it is a tax deductible contribution). Remember there is no better gift than the gift of education.

The donation categories for the Nepal scholarship program are:
Sponsor  $4,000 and up                    Benefactor $1,000 - $3,999 
Founding Member  $300 - $999         Patron $100 - $299
Supporting Member  Any Amount

Checks for this tax deductible contribution may be made payable to the Fairmont State Foundation or ANA designating for the Nepal scholarship, and mailed to Dr. Tulasi R. Joshi, College of Liberal Arts, Fairmont State University, 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.