BMKF Scholarship Application

The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation  is not accepting new applications this year. Please read the following letter from the BMKF Board of Directors to learn more. Thank you!

August 2017

Dear BMKF applicants, donors, volunteers, colleagues, and friends, 

Namaste and kind regards! This is the time of year the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation usually announces scholarship availability for the upcoming application season. However, after great consideration, the BMKF Board of Directors has determined it is not in the best interest of our scholars or organization to accept new applications in 2017. Our priority is to make sure that all of our current BMKF scholars receive the care, attention and ongoing support they need to complete their programs. 

Why did we make this difficult decision?

Over the past decade the number of annual scholarships we award has increased. Initially, BMKF awarded one or two scholarship a year. This year we are supporting 17 wonderful young women who are en route to achieving their educational goals across numerous academic disciplines.

But as the number of scholarships has grown, so have the costs associated with each. Despite our success, it has become increasingly difficult to raise enough funds to continue expanding our program. With this in mind, the board has chosen to put the scholarship application process on hold. We will re-evaluate the decision in 2018, and hopefully be in a position to re-open the application process then.

Please be assured that our board is diligently working on creative ways to raise more funds for future scholarships, as well as pragmatic strategies for sustaining a vibrant scholarship program for women in Nepal.

We are proud of our accomplishments over the last 13 years. To date, BMKF has awarded scholarships to more than 45 bright young women. Five more will graduate later this year. This could never be possible without the financial support of our donors and the hard work of our scholars, volunteers, board members, and employees in Nepal. We are grateful to each and everyone of you!

Thank you for your kindness and understanding.


Sonnia Karlsson, Founder and Executive Director
Mari Hirabayashi, Vice President
Chris Landschulz, Treasurer
Teresa Olding, Secretary
Amanda Wager, Board Member
Shannan Chapman, Board Member

About our scholarships

BMKF awards higher education scholarships to underprivileged Nepalese women for bachelor’s degree or trade school programs. We support qualified, motivated women students who have great financial need and other life challenges that limit access to education, including caste, ethnic group, disabilities, and life situations impacted by human trafficking, natural disaster, and other factors. Priority may be given to candidates from remote regions outside the Kathmandu Valley. BMKF scholars who remain in good academic standing may apply to renew their scholarships each year until they graduate.


Candidates must submit ALL of the following documents:

  • BMKF Scholarship Application
  • Personal essay
  • High school transcripts
  • 3 letters of reference
  • SLC and/or HSEB (10+2) exam results*
  • BMKF Estimated Expenses form

Our selection process: The BMKF Education Committee will review application materials and make recommendations. Scholarship finalists will be invited to interview with the BMKF program manager and our board members in Nepal in late November. We may also request a home visit. We will notify and announce scholarship winners in early December.

* Note: If you do not receive your SLC or HSEB exam results by November, please inform BMKF program coordinator Ms. Neema Sherpa about your situation.


If you have questions about our scholarship application process, please contact program coordinator Ms. Neema Sherpa in Nepal by email at, or text or call +9860808279. In the U.S., contact Erin Inclan at


Read the application guidelines. Print and complete the BMKF Application and Estimated Expenses forms:

1. Application Guidelines

BMKF Application Guidelines.doc
BMKF Application Guidelines (PDF)

2. BMKF Scholarship Application

Note: BMKF is not accepting new applications in 2017, but you may view the sample application  below to learn more about the types of questions candidates typically must answer. 
BMKF Scholarship Application.doc

3. Estimated Expenses

BMKF Estimated Expenses (Rs.)

Contact Us

For more information or assistance, please contact our BMKF program coordinator in Kathmandu, Nepal:

Ms. Neema Sherpa
Cell: + 9860808279