The $500 scholarship goes to Krishna Bista, son of Mr. and Mrs. Prem Bista of Nepal, who will attend Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro, Ark., for his doctorate in education.
Born in a farming community in Nepal with no road or electricity, Bista walked two hours to and from school through his high school years. He received a scholarship to attend college in Kathmandu and graduated in 2004. He was the first college graduate, not only in his family, but in his entire community of 10,000 people.
Bista taught a few years in high school and university classes in Nepal before receiving a student visa to pursue an education degree at Troy University in Alabama. Within a year, he received a masters degree in post secondary education with a concentration on English.
His plan is to use his education and training to make a difference through positive changes in the educational system in Nepal. “Coming from a less privileged community of Nepal has made me realize the value of a university education,” he said. Bista has been in Montrose working at the Guru Restaurant at 448 E. Main Street, where his friendliness and genuine caring has made him many new friends. He returns to Nepal before beginning his doctoral program in Arkansas.
The Western Colorado Friends of Tibet also supports seven children at the Kumjung Elementary School in Nepal, which was founded by famous climber Sir Edmund Hiliary through its School Education Fund. To donate additional educational support for Krishna Bista or to donate to the Scholarship Program, please contact the Western Colorado Friends of Tibet, call 252-0908 or 249-1346 or mail your donations to P.O. Box 2022, Montrose, CO 81402.