Two more Bhutanese become Gates scholars

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Two more Bhutanese students resettled in the United States from the UN-managed refugee camp in Jhapa have been nominated as ‘2013 Gates Millennium Scholars’, thanks to the American efforts in educating thousands of Bhutanese refugees accepted on humanitarian basis.

Ganesh Sharma (Picture courtesy: Samantha Goresh, Concord Monitor)

The Gates Foundation has recently announced that Ganesh Sharma and Khusmakar Baral as two out of 1000 scholars nominated from 54,000 applications that the Foundation received this year.

In the fall, both Baral and Sharma will be enrolled at universities.

Sharma, who dreams to be a hypersonic jet engineer through the scholar, is a high school student at Concord High School. His family was resettled in 2009. Baral has applied from Aurora Central High School, Denver, Colorado.

The community scholars said they have taken the scholarship as one of their biggest achievements.

Ram Siwakoti from Atlanta, Georgia became the first Gates scholar  last year.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.

Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Foundation has been selecting 1,000 talented students from America each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice, and by providing scholars with personal and professional development through its leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

The Foundation has funded more than 16,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the inception of the program.