A Tibetan woman has been awarded with the prestigious Skoll Scholarship to study entrepreneurship at the Oxford University. The Tibetan woman originally from a remote Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal is among the five cohorts of the fully paid tuition scholarship at the Oxford University from across the world for the batch of 2019 to 2020.
Tsechu Dolma, a Tibetan refugee based in Queens, New York after seeking asylum there from Nepal has won the prestitious Skoll Scholarship for the batch of 2019-2020. Tsechu is pursuing an MBA to broaden her abilities to advocate for and strengthen displaced communities. She believes social entrepreneurship is the tool to address inequities, development gaps, and improve livelihoods.
Tsechu has a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Master’s in Public Administration degree from Columbia University. She later returned to the remote Tibetan refugee camps in Nepal to make efforts for possible developments. She founded Mountain Resiliency Project, a social enterprise dedicated to building resilient refugee communities through women’s agribusiness.
“With 15,000 farmers, its proven track record has been recognized by the Asia Society Young Leaders, Forbes 30 under 30 in social entrepreneurship and Brower Youth Award. Prior to this, she worked as a natural resource management consultant for UNDP in Latin America and SIDS climate change strategist for the Timor-Leste Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment. Tsechu is a Fulbright Hillary Clinton Public Policy Fellow, Udall Scholar, Wild Gift Fellow and Echoing Green Fellow.” according to her description in the introduction.
The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students to Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship covers the full course fees for the MBA programme, as well as partial living expenses of at least an additional £14,985.