Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship 2018-2019

Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarships (MNSMS) are available for students interested in pursuing a Masters Degree at Lincoln University, New Zealand. They are awarded for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate study and research in natural resource management, tourism and the environment to build conservation leadership in Nepal, inspired by and in memory of Mingma Norbu Sherpa. Applicants from remote and rural regions, and women are encouraged to apply.

  1. Number of Awards
    Two scholarships for two-year period (February 2018 to December 2019).
  2. Fields of Study
    Masters degree in areas of natural resource management or tourism or environmental planning from courses listed on www.lincoln.ac.nz, and as approved by MNSMS committee.
  3. Scholarship Benefits
    Fully paid tuition for two years. Student living allowance, including insurance at Lincoln University for two years. One round trip airfare Kathmandu to Christchurch New Zealand and NZ visa fees. Outward Bound New Zealand Leadership Course. Membership of Asia-New Zealand Foundation – Young Leaders Network.
  4. Requirements
    Applicants must be Nepali nationals, resident in Nepal, and under the age of about 40 years. A four-years Bachelors Degree is required in relevant fields such as Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Agricultural Sciences or Tourism, and preferably a local Masters degree. The scholarships are intended to support Nepalis who are committed to the future of environmental conservation and sustainable natural resource management in Nepal. A two-page essay demonstrating a track record of having worked in these areas and future commitment to conservation in Nepal must accompany the application. Applicants must be able to demonstrate his/her recent English Language Proficiency by presenting a valid IELTS certificate of overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0. The MNSMS is governed by Lincoln University regulations.
  5. Application Dateline: 31 August 2017
    An application letter with one passport size photograph, two-page essay and CV with contact information (original home address, current email and telephone numbers) plus copies of all relevant supporting documents as required above must be received by email to lisa@mos.com.np before 31 August 2017. Only short listed candidates with full documentation will be called for an interview.


New Zealand High Commission to India, Bangladesh, Nepal & Sri Lanka: MNSMS Lincoln University update

From the New Zealand High Commission to India, Bangladesh, Nepal & Sri Lanka:

Our Honorary Consul in Kathmandu, Lisa Choegyal, hosted a group of Nepalese scholarship recipients yesterday on their way to New Zealand for post-graduate studies. The group included two recipients of the New Zealand Development Scholarships: Sundar Tiwari, who will work on his PhD in Agriculture Development (Pest Control) at Lincoln University and Biplav Pradhan, who will study for a Master of Disaster Management at The University of Auckland. Others included recipients of the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarships – Rebecca Gurung and Sonam Tashi Lama, who will both study at Lincoln University. While Gurung will study for a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Management, Lama will work for Master of Nature Conservation. Mohan KC, the third New Zealand Development Scholarship recipient from Nepal, is already at the University of Canterbury to start his Master’s degree in Forestry Science. The New Zealand High Commission wishes all the students the very best in their academic pursuits!


(Standing from left to right: Rebecca Gurung, Sundar Tiwari, Lisa Choegyal, Biplav Pradhan and Sonam Tashi Lama)

Photo credit: New Zealand High Commission to India, Bangladesh, Nepal & Sri Lanka

Pratigya and Krishna Graduate from Lincoln University

Congratulations to Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship students Pratigya and Krishna on their graduation!

A proud moment for NZ Aid and Mingma Norbu Sherpa Scholarship graduates as they gathered informally before their completion ceremony this afternoon at Lincoln campus. A huge congratulations to all of them for their hard work and fantastic achievements.

Nepal Earthquake Relief

On Saturday April 25 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit near Kathmandu, Nepal. Thousands of lives have been claimed, and many more injured, with the full extent of the death toll and devastation still being assessed.

We are just beginning to understand the scale and magnitude of the devastation in Nepal. Villages have been affected the most, and are receiving the least aid due to challenges of geography and reach. The Greater Himalayas Foundation is working with local organizations in Nepal on relief efforts immediately. We will also be involved in the longer term rebuilding with a focus on the Himalayan communities in Nepal.

We urge you to please make a donation to the Greater Himalayas Foundation for the Earthquake Relief and Rebuilding efforts.

Your support is needed, now more than ever.

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You can donate online using Paypal or Credit Card by selecting an amount below. Please contact tenzing@theghf.org if you have any issues making a donation.

If you would like to restrict your donation to Rebuilding the Khumbu, please visit Rebuild Khumbu


Please make checks out to:

The Greater Himalayas Foundation
714 N. West Street
Falls Church, VA 22046


If you would like to make a donation of stock gifts, please email us at dawa@theghf.org

The Greater Himalayas Foundation is a tax exempt organization in the US with 501 (c) (3) non profit status under the Internal Revenue Code Federal ID # 21 – 1585716

Donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of funds raised will go directly to emergency relief and helping rebuild Nepal.


Laxmi Gurung featured in Good Magazine 2015

Jen Riches of Good Magazine travels to Mustang, Nepal to interview our very own Laxmi Gurung for the January edition of the magazine. Laxmi graduated from Lincoln University in 2013 under The Greater Himalayas scholarship program – the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship. Please enjoy this wonderful article by clicking on the PDF links below.
Good Magazine
Photo credit to Good Magazine


Khunde Chamkhang Wall Art 2013

The Greater Himalayas Foundation has funded a thangka painting (mural) of “Drubthob Gyachu” in the fond memory of Mingma Norbu Sherpa. The size of the thangka is 13.5 feet long and 5 feet in height and it depicts the great buddhist saints / pandits / masters including the Shakyamunibuddha. The thangka was painted in Kathmandu and the artists journeyed to the Khunde to install them on the walls of the Chamkhang. This thangka was phase 2 of 3 of a major restoration effort supported by local communities, national and international institutions. The GHF is proud to support the local community and the traditional arts.
The Greater Himalayas Foundation has funded for this thangka painting (mural) of “Drubthob Gyachu” in the fond memory of an eminent conservationist, Late Mingma Norbu Sherpa. This mural is 13.5 feet long and 5 feet in height and it is being installed on the wall of Khunde Chamkhang.
Please accept our sincere appreciation to all the members of The Greater Himalayas Foundation for the generous support.
Thuchye, Thuchye!!!
Khunde Chamkhang Restoration Committee

2014 Community Leadership Award – Mr. Dorji Tsering

The Greater Himalayas Foundation 2014 Community Leadership Award is awarded to Mr. Dorji Tsering Sherpa. Dorji volunteers his time between two nonprofit organizations in Nepal – Curry Without Worry and the SKY Memorial Foundation.

Dorji’s daughter was killed in a plane crash in 2010. This led Dorji and two other parents to create the SKY Memorial Foundation in Nepal. Through the Foundation, they are supporting local village schools and health clinics.

Dorji is also actively involved with Curry Without Worry, which is a non profit social organization feeding the hungry in Kathmandu every Tuesday. Curry Without Worry members and volunteers feed hungry street children, beggars, old men and women, students, porters, and those in need.

The Chairperson of The Greater Himalayas Foundation – Mrs. Phurba Sherpa gave the Community Leadership Award 2014 to Mr. Dorji Tsering Sherpa on a Tuesday after Curry Without Worry’s usual feeding program in Durbar Square, Kathmandu.


2014-2016 MNS Scholarship Recipients

The foundation is proud to announce that Pratigya Silwal and Krishna Gurung have been selected to receive the 2014 to 2016 Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarship.

Pratigya is from the Nepal district of  Lalitpur and has worked 3 years with Livelihoods and Forestry Programme (LFP) and CARE Nepal. She will be pursuing a Masters in Sustainable Natural Resource Management at Lincoln.

Krishna Gurung is from the Nepal district of Ghandruk (Annapurna) and has worked with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) from 1999 to 2014. He was based in Jomsom since 2001.

We wish them well in New Zealand. This opportunity would not be possible without the tremendous support of Lincoln University Christchurch and WWF Nepal-US. A special thank you to Lisa Choegyal and this years GHF scholarship selection committee for picking these two individuals from a pool of talent candidates.

To learn more about the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Memorial Scholarships at Lincoln University, New Zealand please click here.

2014 Plus 2 Scholarship Graduates

Three of the foundation’s Plus 2 scholarship students graduated in May 2014: Tshering Wongmu, Nawang Puljur, and Tashi Futi.

Tshering Wongmu who is originally from Khumbu studied Studied Management at the Rai School in Narayantar.

Ngawang Puljur from the remote village of Phortse studied Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism at the Saint Lawrence College in Pipal Bot Chabhil.

Tashi Futi also from Phortse studied Education at Puspalal Memorial College in Chahabil.

Nawang Paljor
Nawang Paljor

Featured Student: Nawang Paljor

Nawang Paljor was the recipient of the 2012 Greater Himalayas Plus 2 Scholarship.

He studied Nepali, English, hotel management,travel tourism and accounts at St. Lawrence College in Nepal.

Nawang is from the remote village of Phortse. one of two kids in a single mother family, his father perished on Everest when he was young. Coincidently, the foundation hired his mother to work in the monastery kitchen at Phortse while the artist was working on a cultural restoration project.

2012 Community Leadership Award – Trail Blazer

May 26th, 2013 – The Greater Himalayas Foundation is proud to honor Mr. Pasang Tharkey Sherpa with the 2012 Community Leadership Award. The award was announced by the foundation last year and presented this June by Dr. Lhakpa Sherpa and the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal.


Mr. Pasang Sherpa is an elderly man from the lower Solu-Khumbu region, who has been working tirelessly on building roads in the Himalayas for over 53 years. Pasang has been fixing trails in the Sagarmatha National Park’s buffer-zone area before it was an established buffer-zone. Despite buffer-zone budget cuts, he has been raising funds from hikers and continues to support the trails. The foundation awards Mr. Pasang for taking up this purpose with true altruism.



Here is the opening remarks given by Dr. Lhakpa Sherpa during the presentation of the community leadership award.


“A long time ago there was a little boy who came to this school every day. Often, he did not have shoes on his feet and he did not have school dress that these children have today. He studied here and then received a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship to go high school in Kathmandu. After that he received a Colombo Plan Scholarship to New Zealand to be trained as a park manager. He came back and worked for the government of Nepal. Later, he joined an international conservation organization, WWF, as director of their Eastern Himalayan Program. He was “Mingma Norbu Sherpa”.

Mingma was a close colleague of mine. We attended the same schools, same college and worked for the same Government Department. I knew him well. He liked helping communities. It was a high priority in his mind. Unfortunately, he passed away in a helicopter accident in Kanchanjunga area in 2006.

His family, his wife Phurba Sherpa, daughter Dawa Sherpa and son Tenzing Sherpa, formed the Greater Himalaya Foundation in his memory and started a Community Leadership Award for people of this region. The Greater Himalayas Foundation has selected Mr. Pasang Tharkey Sherpa, a voluntary trail builder, as recipient of this year’s award. I would like to request that the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to hand over the prize.

Mr. Pasang Tharkey received Rs.50,000 cash prize along with the award certificate.

Update – After Pasang was recognized by The GHF, he gained notoriety and was even featured by Google