On April 13, 2018, a US university cancelled full scholarships for 61 students. Every single one of these students was from Nepal. These students, who had been planning to attend university in the US in the fall of 2018, now had nowhere to go. They lost access to higher ed in the US and in Nepal as well. Asked to put down confirmation fees by March 1st, they had withdrawn from all their other possible options, including universities in their home country of Nepal.
These outstanding Nepali students have impressive credentials: All are at the top of their classes, earning the equivalent of A’s and A+’s. All are 1350+ on the SAT, 90+ on the TOEFL. They are bright, talented, promising leaders, and are amongst the highest achieving, but low income, students in Nepal. All of them had taken a gap year to apply to a university in the United States.
As news of this situation spread through the higher ed community, universities generously came forward. Universities from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Qatar, Hong Kong, India and Indonesia came forward with offers of seats, pulling together last minute funding in a Herculean effort to support these students.
Today, 54 of the affected students have seats at institutions in five different countries: Canada, US, Nepal, Qatar, and South Korea. Every single one has been awarded financial aid, and -- against all odds -- half have received full scholarships.
There are still challenges to overcome. Several students have large financial gaps, and will not be able to complete their studies successfully without your support. It is our hope that you will consider investing in these young people’s lives. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend university.
These students, unknown to each other prior to April 13th, but inextricably linked by this incident, have supported each other because they have felt the power of people like you who have stepped forward to help. Students are inspired to pay it forward by helping others now, and into the future.
Your donation will help to impact a generation of Nepali students. Thank you for your support.