BSc Class of 2017 Establishes Scholarship Fund to Support the NOP
To support access to a world-class education for the country’s most talented youth, the LUMS BSc Class of 2017 has pledged PKR 1.2 million by establishing the BSc Class of 2017 Scholarship Fund. The donation will be used to sponsor one meritorious scholar from the National Outreach Programme (NOP) for one year.
The NOP recently won the CASE Platinum Awards in the Asia Pacific region for the ‘Best Practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ category and has funded over 1,200 scholars since inception. LUMS reaches out to over 12,000 potential applicants across Pakistan to induct the brightest students to the programme. NOP scholars are provided full-tuition waivers and additional living stipends and allowances. Over 700 of these scholars have successfully graduated from LUMS and are making a positive impact within their families and communities.
A few alumni from the BSc Class of 2017 mobilised the entire batch to donate towards the fund. This is a notable contribution and makes them the youngest batch to have donated to their alma mater through a class fund. The Class intends to continue their support for the NOP scholar for the entire duration of his/her degree.
Speaking about the motivation behind creating the fund, Mr. Irtaza Haider, Class representative BSc’17 and Software Engineer at Google said, "Increasingly over time, we’ve realised that the quality of education provided by LUMS is a privilege. At the same time, the reality is that access to quality education in our country is only with a select few. Alumni from the Class of 2017 decided that it was time we play our part and help extend this privilege to more people.”