What’s New this Month

The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation education committee is one of the hardest working groups in our organization and this is their busiest time of the year as they review applications, transcripts and essays from hopeful 2016 BMKF Scholar applicants. Stay tuned: BMKF's education committee and board of directors will be announcing our new scholarship recipients in less than a month! Good luck and best wishes to all our applicants!
  • More than 45 selected from regions throughout Nepal since 2004.
  • Represents Nepal’s most disadvantaged groups, including caste and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
  • All are the first in their families to graduate from high school and go to college.
  • More than 80% are the first from their communities to earn advanced degrees.

Scholar Update: Babita Sharma ’16

BMKF scholar Babita Sharma is a fourth-year civil engineering student.BMKF scholar Babita Sharma is a fourth-year bachelor of civil engineering student who will graduate in May 2016. She's one of only a handful women in her program at the Institute of Engineering in Pokhara. This past semester Babita ranked fourth in her class of 96 students. She recently shared some of her insights and experience.

How would you describe your academic progress?

Babita:  "My current results are very impressive. In the beginning of my bachelor’s degree I was so immature. I was scared of a difficult situation…and a little bit unprepared. But nowadays it becomes easy for me. I have learned the methods of study and also how to deal with pressure. My confidence is drastically improved and I feel stronger.”

Do you have any specific academic challenges?

Babita:  "Fourth year courses like Design of RCC Structure  and Hydropower Engineering are tough. In addition, I took an elective Structural Dynamics, which is challenging. Luckily the lecturer is very good, interesting and experienced. As a final year student I have many tasks, like projects, presentations, and report writing, so to manage a busy schedule and be focused has been challenging. Managing finances is another challenge. Studying in engineering school as a woman from a poor economic family is definitely challenging."

What's your favorite class this year?

Babita:  "Transportation, because I like designing. The subject includes surveying and camping in a practical field, and the designing of roads."

How does your program support your career goals?

Babita:  "In Nepal there is a high need of civil engineers everywhere. These are poor transportation systems, irrigation problems, water supply problems, load shedding problems, etc. My sister and I used to walk 2-3 hours to go to school and it isn't improved at all. Similarly we walked one hour to bring water from sources for drinking, and we used candle or tuki for study. These situations forced me to think about the solution for difficulties that arise daily. My degree will help me to make huge differences in my society. In the present scenario -- I mean after the Barpake Gorkha earthquake -- there are many tasks that need to be done in construction, hydro power, transportation, and structural design, etc. I plan to take part in these development works directly. Due to these above reasons I like the program where I am very much."