In keeping with our values of promoting equal access to education, NCEP actively engages children from marginalized or disadvantaged groups – we count females as one such group – when seeking new prospective scholars, though not exclusively. Our team in Nepal receives recommendations from orphanages, social support agencies, and schools of bright young children with supportive families/guardian who do not have the financial means to attend school. Volunteers meet with the students and their families, and assist with the completion of an Application Form (or Renewal Form for returning students). The number of students that our volunteers seek out each year depends on our budget/capacity for that year; to avoid creating disappointment, we would never canvass 100 applications if we only had 5 scholarships available. Instead, our volunteers pre-screen prospective students to ensure that every applicant has a very high chance of earning a scholarship.
All received forms – including input from volunteers – are reviewed and assessed by the NCEP Selection Committee.
To be considered eligible for an NCEP, an applicant must demonstrate:
Passion to learn
Supportive home environment
For renewing students, these criteria are the same, but the indicators are expanded. The below tables indicates how we make this assessment.