Wedu established the Sujata Baskota Honor Scholarship to celebrate Sujata's life and commitment to her community. Sujata, an inspiring young woman in Wedu's leadership program, died of pneumonia in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 14th, 2016, despite the Wedu community's best efforts to get her necessary medical care. This scholarship will allow other women to continue Sujata's legacy of leadership and positive social change by pursuing higher education and becoming changemakers in their communities.
Women, especially in Asia, face enormous barriers to higher education, often because of inadequate financial support. Study shows that when educational opportunity and resources are scarce, women are less likely to get them. Approximately 74 women are enrolled in tertiary education for every 100 men in East and South Asia (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). We want to change this statistic by raising scholarship funds for high-achieving women with the same passion and drive that Sujata exhibited.
100% of the funds that Wedu receives from this project will go to scholarships and educational costs for women to pursue higher education in the country of their choice. This scholarship will be awarded annually to young women in Wedu's leadership development program who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential, a perseverance towards achieving their goals, and a firm dedication to serve their community, all of which Sujata strongly believed in and exhibited throughout her life.
The project can fully fund 3 or provide partial financial support to 10 or more women by covering some of costs related to higher education, allowing them to focus on their studies, follow their dreams, and achieve positive social change. Funding women's higher education has a multiplier effect on improving the development of their communities and countries as a whole. Together, we can give women the opportunity to achieve and the future to create change in honor of Sujata.