The Punya Foundation (PF) said it has provided four scholarships for higher secondary education in the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal.
The Foundation said that like in the previous academic year, it selected four vulnerable SLC (School Leaving Certificate) graduates following a thorough selection process last week.
The four scholars included Tika Ram Gurung (Beldangi-II), Indira Rai (Sanischare), and Purna Bahadur Tamang and Abishek Darjee (Beldangi-II Extension), according to Foundation’s US Coordinator Dhruva Mishra.
According to him, an independent team of judges and volunteers including school teachers, community leaders, camp management committee and representatives from the local host community selected those scholars, who received individual grant of US $200 for this year.
The amount could be renewed based on the students’ academic results, informed Mishra.
The Foundation is also learnt to have been planning to select two students from the host community.
Those students would be from primary to secondary levels from government schools of the refugee-affected host community, according to journalist Tilak Niraula, who coordinated this year’s scholarship program on behalf of the Punya Foundation.
Involving donations from resettled Bhutanese from various countries, the Foundation has been operating scholarship program in Nepal since last year.
Last year, the Foundation had provided four scholarships in the refugee camps and next four in the host community.
Courtesy : Punya Foundation