This Nepali Teenager Sees His Future Vanishing. Can an American University Save Him?
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Growing up in eastern Nepal, Rupesh Koirala imagines a place he has never seen. Far beyond the mountains lies the country where many great colleges are said to stand. How he will ever afford to get a degree in the United States, he does not know.
Koirala learns about a brand-new scholarship, open to international students. He applies. In January the acceptance comes, along with the scholarship, a full ride worth about $27,000 a year. Ultimately, however, the scholarship is rescinded.
Enter Robert Morris University. Campus leaders devise a plan for Koirala; additional financial assistance will come from a business leader and former graduate of Robert Morris. Koirala is going to college. All because a handful of people asked themselves what they could do, and then did it.