Nepal - Richest in White Gold (Hydropower), Still a Dark State


Solution for Nepal’s Present Power Crisis

By Saroj K. Joshi, P.E., PhD

Where are we heading? We are only talking about and expecting the reduction of the number of hours of power cut per day. In fact this is not the solutionfor the present power crisis. It is already in the eleventh hour, however not too late to act. It is also time to think about a long term, permanent solution.

The recent improvements due to the power supply; about 70MW from the mid-Marshyangdi Hydroelectric Project, and 15MW because the government stopped uninterrupted power supply for VIP, and also due to the increase in temperature, which will increase the water level that increases the efficiency of existing power plants like Kulekhani and others.

More crises are inevitable if the NEA and the government do not take proper actions, right now. That should include the construction of short; medium and long range hydropower generation plants as well as adequate transmission lines. All of the existing 132kV to 220 kV (where required) are highly recommended for an upgrade and the existing ring (transmission line in Kathmandu Valley) of lower-kV needs to be upgraded to a higher level, at least the next level. That way it will bring down technical losses to some extent. It also needs to be studied and worked jointly with the Indian grid system beside the existing agreement and grid connections along the Nepalese-Indian border, for the future exchange of power supply, for mutual benefit will always be necessary either to increase sales or in importing power. Particularly this will be of concern for the future. See more information about power sharing with India below.

Power Generation and the Potential Market:

There is possible power generation of the 457-MW Upper -Tamakoshi, 30-MW Chamelia and 60-MW Kulekhani III among others, which according to the NEA is underway. If it takes place right away usually it will take 5-7 yrs. That means there is some hope to meet the growing annual load demand of 10.2%. But the NEA or the government must continue planning for other short, medium and long range terms of hydropower generation. If we (Nepal) can negotiate with India we can generate all the potential hydropower and supply both in-house and in India and neighboring countries. India has approximately 33000 MW /yr. But Nepal needs to conduct negotiations with both the Indian government and private parties; 90% of Indian power producers are private parties. On the other hand we (Nepal) shall work with foreign investors and encourage them to invest in the hydropower sector besides just working with the Asian and World Banks and other donors. Such steps will drastically improve not only the power sector but also the economy as a whole. To invite foreign investors we must provide them an attractive market, as well as ways to repatriate their investment with adequate policies.

Why Nepal is a Dark State?

There are lots of reports and information, which are not only ignored but neglected, by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and the Government of Nepal that have turned Nepal into a dark state. This counts only 40% of the population, where as 60% of the people still have no access in the existing electrical grid. In other words they are still in darkness, where little solar technology may be accessible to villagers, which is still not found in significant amounts. Wind power once implemented, is now a complete failure.

So it is not only the question of the power cut crisis which we are facing but the real issue must be the electrification of the entire nation. We need to look at other strategies for adequate planning and migrating policies to bring the spread of villagers together as required for building a new Nepal. Meetings, speeches and planning will not count unless leaders, planners and concerned authorities will act together for the good of all.

The main goal of the NEA and the government should be focused on the hydropower (white gold) of different sizes as described above. Top priorities should be given to the public sector and to improving the Hydropower Development Policy of 1992. Bureaucracy and corruption not only bring power cuts but it dooms the long-term future development of Nepal.

It is time to start new culture of transparency, dynamic policy and smart negotiations within the country and with foreign countries, donors, the Asian Bank, the World Bank and others for the better future of Nepal and her people. It is time to put the country first, leaders and negotiators must not put themselves first; they must put Nepal first. That is the bottom line. We shall turn Nepal into an ideal country without corruption and discrimination. It is time to unite together and to respect the differences amongst ourselves which are required to implement laws and policies effectively.

Rich Hydro-Power Potential (White Gold) Scenario; Serious Consumption of Wood Fuel:

Nepal has approximately 42,000 MW out of 85,000 MW economically feasible per some experts.

However, the present situation is that Nepal has developed only about 600 MW of hydropower; only about 40% of Nepal’s population has access to electricity. Most of the power plants in Nepal utilize run-of-the-river hydroelectricity, with energy available in excess of the in-country demand during the monsoon season and deficits during the dry season. Nepal’s electricity generation is dominated by hydropower, though in the entire scenario of energy use of the country, the electricity is a tiny fraction, only 1% of energy need is fulfilled by electricity. The bulk of the energy need is dominated by fuel wood (68%), agricultural waste (15%), animal dung (8%) and imported fossil fuel (8%). With this scenario we can confidently say that a severe power crisis is affecting only the major cities and industries affecting 40% of people of Nepal; still we are keeping 60% of Nepalese in darkness not counting the limited access to solar/bio-gas which are not significant.

We should not only be talking about the 40% of people with access to electricity but all the people. We need to think and act to make electrification of the whole country possible by using hydropower as a backbone for the development of the nation. This is possible and we need to point the nation in that direction. We must leave behind 60% of the people who still do not have access to the electrical power grid. Power cuts have serious consequences as not only the 40% of people with electricity suffer but industries and the nation as a whole are in trouble. We can not take steps backward in this competitive world but we definitely need to move forward and we must not forget the backbone of Nepal is white gold and that is one of the main resources we have in boosting the economy of the country. It is time to wake-up.

Tentative Cost of Projects Based on Examples; Can we afford them and what shall we do?

The total power generation of the 600 MW Sun-Kosi 1, which will be about $2500 per 1kW generation cost. So we know it will cost about 1.5 billion dollars; about the size of 600MW and about 400MW like Tamar about 1 billion dollars. Turnkey project completion will be about 7 yrs including feasibility studies to the completion.

The NEA is also planning the generations that include the 457-MW Upper -Tamakoshi, 30-MW Chamelia and 60-MW Kulekhani III among others per recent comment.

Here we are talking approximately about 1.14 billion 75 million dollars for Chamelia. We need about 150 million dollars for Kulekhani Projects. So funding is crucial and the NEA and the Nepalese government must work intensively on it.

If it can be generated within 5-7 yrs, it can meet the demand and may give min. surplus of about 47 MW during the summertime however in the wintertime we need to have face with the power cut as we still may not be able to peak demand load.

As we have the potential hydropower for development there is always a potential consumer, if the country can achieve political stability this will help move towards the industrialization of the country and then the whole scenario will change and there will be sudden increase in peak load demand that will be more than 10.2% annually. So we have to be prepared for such possible scenario also.

Recommendations for Planning and Controlling the Consumption of Energy:

Load Forecasting:

Forecasting of power requirements found a minimum of about a 6% error. I wrote my thesis, “Power System Planning” in 1986 using Nepal as an example and defended it successfully at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine. That time the margin of error was a lot higher, however it seems error on forecasting has been reduced. I had foreseen the current power crisis back in 1986; however, it is not too late to work on it since we still can make it, if we act swiftly in building hydro-power plants.

Leakage Control:

There are a few things we have to look at seriously; for example leakage of electricity in Nepal is about 24%-25% per NEA. We need to bring losses down; we need to bring the tariff down (unit-cost kilo-watt/hr). Also we need to have public awareness modern watt-meters that will help to have adequate control. India has a big theft rate and stolen electricity in India amounts to nearly 1.5% of GDP. However stolen electricity in China is only 3% or less of the GDP. Nepal can improve and achieve some goals in reducing electricity theft.

Cluster analysis may be great tool to use for reducing leakage beside technical and other options.

An Energy Compliance Code:

An Energy Compliance Code needs to be introduced in densely populated, developed areas that may apply both Industrial/Commercial and Residential Sectors that will have some control of energy consumptions as well as help to provide only optimum energy for the consumer. This new compliance will provide not only an energy saving policy but it will also play in major role in fighting back the energy crisis.

Here is an example of the Title 24 compliance code from the state of California in the United States. The Title 24 compliance code exists both in the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering fields; it states that no electrical engineers or mechanical engineers are allowed to design lighting and energy consumptions to be more than the set rules by Title 24.

For a commercial building in an office you can use only 1.2 watt/square foot (sf), for corridor/toilet only 0.6 watt/sf, restaurant 1.6 watt/sf, lobby 1.1 watt/sf, retail store 1.6 watt/sf, this is just one simple example. Also there is a new rebate policy if someone can generate solar energy and if clients have excess energy this energy can be sent to the utility grid providing rebate policy. NEA can initiate such projects and encourage the NEA customers.

Electrical retrofit will be another issue; implementing a policy to replace all the existing lighting and encouraging clients of the NEA to begin using energy efficient light fixtures such as energy efficient fluorescent compact fixtures, bringing mandatory rules for using time-clock/Photo-Cell/Occupancy sensor for exterior and interior lighting control for commercial buildings, industrial facilities and large residential buildings, school, colleges, universities.

How to Provide Power to Remote Places?

One survey conducted by the Center for Renewable Energy shows that about 96,000 of the total 4.1 million households in Nepal live in total darkness during the night without access to any source of energy that could produce light. Another 2.4 million households depend solely on oil-wick tukis (kerosene lamps that are dim) which release fumes that are both harmful to human health and add to greenhouse gas emissions.

There are possibilities to begin using solar power that will definitely improve the health of villagers and give them an opportunity to have at least some light. However there is still a tough question, shall we go for solar tuki (as recommended by renewable energy groups) or should the country adopt a new policy re-grouping migration policy that not only looks at the adequate supply of lighting but the entire socio-economic structure based on possible agriculture and the development of light industries exploiting hydropower.

Regarding wind-power there are possibilities in Nepal. Here is one report which shows that Kagbeni

(as a pilot study) is evaluated for less than 1 MW wind power. But it is also felt that, only in the

Kagbeni area, there is feasibility of more than 25 MW of wind power. In the past we have installed two small wind-power stations which were complete failures due to technical unreliability and such things cannot be repeated. America and other technically advanced nations have shown the reliability of such power stations.

So although hydropower/micro-hydropower plants come first in possible remote areas one should look at renewable energy and the cost and then compare them to hydropower generation and begin work in the right direction. We should not rule out that we must have several approaches for building a new Nepal through electrification of the entire country.

Recommendations to Resolve the Current Power Crisis:

Many experts on Nepal have tried to give immediate solutions, but here are some of my personal recommendations for the present crisis:

1. There is an existing power exchange agreement between Nepal and India in the boarder areas for up to 150 MW. It is stated that there could be an arrangement to trade seasonally as available; in the agreement, power for certain periods of the year from Nepal to the border areas for up to 150 MW. Depending on this agreement we must negotiate with India for support in increasing the power sharing range which can be gradually paid back after signing a new contract for mutual benefit with mutual agreement. We need at least another 100-150MW additional power sharing at the present time.

2. Alternatives can be a temporary diesel plant of about 100MW just to match the current peak demand. We should minimize the usage of diesel plants which are expensive and not environmentally friendly.

3. Identify immediately short, medium and long range potential hydropower plants that can be started immediately; such as short range projects between 100MW-500MW and complete within 5-7 yrs. The NEA and the government must work with neighboring countries like China and India and the private sector.

4. Attract private parties both domestic and foreign. The private sector needs to be an important stakeholder in the entire process as well as collaborating with both domestic and foreign parties.

5. An independent regulator is needed to oversee generation, transmission and distribution of electricity thorough the country. This encompasses greater importance when power is to be traded across international borders.

6. Sound regulatory and policy reforms are required to attract both national and foreign investors. Sound reforms allow for purchasing power and the selling and sharing of technology and services in India.

7. Hydropower development in Nepal needs to take advantage of well developed capital markets, the technical capacity and power markets of India as well as other nations.

8. Studies and plans for alternative energies such as wind and solar need to be conducted. But the MAJOR goal needs to be hydropower development. Nepal is the second richest in hydropower potential after Brazil but first in hydro-power potential density; that we must not forget.


1. Ph.D. thesis of Saroj K. Joshi, Power System Planning, 1986, Kiev Polytechnic Institute, 1986

2. SEA Power Development Project, 1997

3. HMG/Nepal: 10th Five Year Plan (2002- 2007)

4. HMG/Nepal: Electricity Act 1992

5. HMG/Nepal: Electricity Regulation 1993

6. Nepal Solar Tukis bring light for all, Renewable energy.com, December 07, 2005

6. HMG/Nepal: Hydropower Development Policy 1992 and 2001

7. Indian Electricity Act – 2003 and Nepal India Cooperation on Hydropower (NICOH) final report

8. Wind Power Development in Kagbeni Area, Mustang from view point of Geological and Meteorological Concerns, Paper presented in fourth Nepal Geological Congress, April 9 to 11, 2004.

9. Title 24 Energy Code, California, USA, 2005 Standard


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During difficult economic times, the cost of higher education leaves many students wondering if they can afford to go to college. For those who want to avoid being saddled with huge loans, the U.S. government offers one of the best deals around: Enroll at one of the five service academies tuition-free and receive free room and board. (And you thought the Grand Slam promotion at Denny’s was cool.) But if military service isn’t for you, here are eight other schools that offer tuition-free educations:
1. College of the Ozarks

ozarks.jpgSeveral schools
share the “Linebacker U” and “Quarterback U” monikers in reference to the NFL talent that their college football programs produce, but the only “Hard Work U” is located in Point Lookout, Missouri. In 1973, a Wall Street Journal reporter bestowed that title on the College of the Ozarks, where students pay no tuition and work at least 15 hours a week at a campus work station. Jobs are taken seriously at the school of 1,400; students are graded on their work performance in addition to their academics.

History: In 1906, Presbyterian missionary James Forsythe helped open the School of the Ozarks to provide a Christian high school education to children in the Ozarks region, which spans parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The school added a two-year junior college 50 years later and completed its transition to a four-year college program in 1965. The school was renamed College of the Ozarks in 1990 and has established itself as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.

Notable: College of the Ozarks was No. 4 on the Princeton Review’s list of the top 10 Stone-Cold Sober schools in 2008.

Famous Alum: Actress and model April Scott, who played Daisy Duke in the straight-to-DVD prequel of Dukes of Hazzard – Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. Scott has also appeared in Entourage, as a briefcase-toting model on Deal or No Deal, and on various magazine covers.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in nearby Branson, Mo., harkens back to simpler times with its 1880s theme. In addition to thrills, roller coasters at the park offer scenic views of the Ozarks.
2. Deep Springs College

dsfarm.jpgDeep Springs is a two-year, all-male liberal arts college located on a cattle ranch and alfalfa farm in the Inyo-White Mountains of California’s High Desert. To get an idea of just how isolated the school is, consider the explanation for its policy forbidding smoking in any of the school’s buildings or near hay bales: “We’re 45 minutes from the nearest emergency services, so a fire could be disastrous.” Every student admitted – 10 to 15 per year – receives free tuition, room, and board, and works at least 20 hours a week on the ranch. The manual labor ranges from washing dishes to milking cows. Most students complete their degrees at prestigious four-year schools after leaving Deep Springs.

History: Deep Springs was founded by Lucien Lucius Nunn, a pioneer in electrical engineering who helped design the Ontario Power Plant at Niagara Falls. While working for the Telluride Power Company, which provided power to gold mines, Nunn invited young men to work for him in exchange for an education. The work-study program became known as the Telluride Institute in 1905. Nunn was driven out of the company in 1912 by a powerful stockholder who believed Nunn’s unconventional means of attracting workers was detrimental to the business. Nunn decided to start a completely new educational endeavor at Deep Springs, which admitted its first class of 20 in 1917.

Notable: Academics, labor, and self-governance are the three pillars of the Deep Springs experience. Students have a say in what subjects to study, what professors to hire, and even what applicants to admit.

Famous Alum: William T. Vollmann, a novelist and journalist with a propensity for writing about dangerous firsthand experiences, including a trip into Afghanistan with the Mujahideen in 1982. Vollmann has written more than 20 books, including Europe Central, which won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: Given that students are generally prohibited from leaving the ranch during the semester, online shopping via the somewhat reliable Internet connection is one of the only viable options.
3. UC-Irvine School of Law, Class of ’12


In an effort to attract the best and brightest students for its inaugural class, the UC Irvine School of Law is offering a free ride to all 60 students admitted this fall. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional law scholar, told reporters, “Our goal is to be a top-20 law school from the first time we are ranked.” By early February, the number of applicants at California’s first new public law school in 40 years had topped 1,000. The school will rely on grants and donations to cover the estimated $6 million it will cost to put each of the students in the first class through the program.

History: There is some precedent for a professional school offering free tuition to its inaugural class. In 2008, the Central Florida College of Medicine received nearly 3,000 applicants after offering the same deal to each member of its inaugural class.

Notable: Chemerinsky, an adamant defender of the separation of church and state, as well as abortion rights, was hired, fired amid political pressure from conservatives one week later, and then rehired as Irvine’s law school dean in 2007.

Famous Alum: You? It’s not too late to apply.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: In-N-Out burgers. Lots and lots of In-N-Out burgers.
4. Berea College

berea_college.jpgThanks to a large endowment, every student admitted to Berea College in Kentucky receives a full-tuition scholarship valued at more than $90,000. Students are required to work at least 10 hours a week in one of more than 140 departments, and while room, board, and books are not covered, the work-study program enables some of the 1,500 students to lighten their financial load even more. Berea offers degrees in 28 fields.

History: Berea was founded in 1855 by Rev. John Fee – an ironic name for the founder of a tuition-free college if there ever was one – as the first interracial and coed college in the South. Classes at the school were fully integrated until the Kentucky Legislature passed a law in 1904 that prohibited school integration. The law was amended in 1950 to allow integrated education above the high school level and Berea returned to its roots, becoming the first school in Kentucky to re-open its doors to African-Americans.

Notable: Berea’s motto is “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”

Famous Alum: Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian, journalist, and author. After graduating with a Bachelor of Literature degree from Berea, Woodson earned his PhD and taught at Howard University. He pioneered the celebration of “Negro History Week” in 1926, which would serve as the precursor to “Black History Month” as we know it today.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: Berea is home to the Kentucky Artisan Center, a 25,000-square-foot facility that showcases Kentucky-made arts and crafts in a variety of exhibits.
5. Olin College of Engineering

college9.jpgOlin College is a school of 300 in Neeedham, Mass., where every admitted student receives four years of free tuition valued at $130,000. The school is funded by a $400 million grant from the F.W. Olin Foundation and ranks as one of the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country. There is great emphasis placed on philanthropy at Olin; students are encouraged to develop creative ideas that address societal needs and help make the world a better place.

History: The school is named for Franklin W. Olin, who founded the Olin Corporation and made a fortune selling ammunition. Olin was a great philanthropist, too. Since 1938, the F.W. Olin Foundation has contributed more than $300 million in grants to colleges and universities throughout the country. The same foundation financed the development of Olin College, which was completed in 2002. The school graduated its first class in 2006.

Notable: Indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit of the school, six Olin students are taking a year off to develop educational Internet software – think Google Docs meets Facebook – for local middle school students. The students expect the software, which will include built-in features that allow parents and teachers to interact with and monitor their students’ work, to be operational by mid-April.

Famous Alum: He’s not exactly famous, but Alex Dorsk does have a cleverly titled blog chronicling his time aboard a research vessel with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: Honor the legacy of F.W. Olin, who played two years of professional baseball after graduating from Cornell, with a trip to Fenway Park in nearby Boston.
6. Cooper Union

cooper.jpgLocated in Manhattan, Cooper Union offers degree programs in art, architecture, and engineering, and every admitted student receives four years of free tuition valued at $130,000. According to a recent article in the New York Times, applications for early decision to the school were up 70 percent this year. The admissions rate at Cooper Union is about 8 percent, while the enrollment is a little more than 900. The Cooper Union endowment is valued at nearly $600 million.

History: Peter Cooper, who invented the first locomotive in the United States, believed that education of the highest quality should be “as free as air and water,” so he founded Cooper Union in 1858. Cooper’s greatest legacy may have come 14 years earlier, when he received the first American patent for powdered gelatin. A cough syrup manufacturer bought the patent from Cooper, developed a prepackaged gelatin dessert, and named it Jell-O in 1897.

Notable: The Great Hall on the Cooper Union campus has been the site of several historic speeches. Abraham Lincoln outlined his views on slavery – namely that he didn’t want to see it spread – in a famous address there, while Mark Twain spoke at the school’s inauguration.

Famous Alum: Milton Glaser, who founded New York Magazine and designed the ubiquitous I Love New York logo.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: Fifth Avenue is a start.
7. Curtis Institute of Music


Like Juillard, the Curtis Institute of Music is considered one of the most prestigious performing arts conservatories in the world. Unlike Juillard, tuition at Curtis is free. Every student admitted to the school of 160 in Philadelphia is provided a full scholarship, and all piano, harpsichord, composition, and conducting majors are lent Steinway grand pianos. As part of their training, students at Curtis host over 100 public concerts each year, and receive one-on-one instruction from the musically accomplished faculty.

History: Mary Louise Curtis Bok founded the Curtis Institute in 1924 as a place for talented young performers to prepare for careers as professional musicians. She named the school in honor of her father, Cyrus Curtis, the founder of Ladies Home Journal and a fellow music lover.

Notable: According to the school’s Web site, 17 percent of the principal chairs in America’s top 25 orchestras and four music directorships in the top 50 are held by Curtis-trained musicians. More than sixty alumni have performed with the Metropolitan Opera.

Famous Alum: Anthony McGill, a member of the Metropolitan Opera and the clarinetist in the quartet that played at Barack Obama’s Inauguration last month. Also: Leonard Bernstein.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: Buy a membership to the Franklin Institute to supplement your musical education.
8. Alice Lloyd College

alice.jpgAll students at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Ky., are required to work at least 10 hours per week in exchange for free tuition. Students who need additional financial aid to pay for room and board may work up to 15 hours per week. Jobs at the school of 550 are assigned based on a student’s work experience and personal preference.

History: Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd, a former publisher and editor of The Cambridge Press, moved from Boston to Eastern Kentucky in 1916. With the help of June Buchanan, Lloyd chartered what was then called Caney Junior College in 1923. The school became an accredited four-year college in 1980.

Notable: The call letters for Alice Lloyd College’s non-commercial radio station, which has broadcast inspirational programming around the clock since 1998, are WWJD-FM.

Famous Alum: Carl D. Perkins, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949 until his death in 1984. Perkins’s legacy lives on in the form of the Perkins Loan, a need-based Federal student loan.

How to Spend the Money Saved on Tuition: Elk were introduced to Kentucky in 1997 as part of a restoration project and Knott County, which includes Pippa Passes, is now known as the elk capital of the East. Tours are available through several outlets.


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USTA Serves college scholarships, Player Incentive Award

The application for the USTA Pacific Northwest Glenn Lovett College Scholarship is now available. The section scholarship was renamed last year in honor of former USTA Pacific Northwest Secretary-Treasurer Glenn Lovett who passed away in November of 2007. Glenn was an avid tennis player and volunteer who contributed critical advice, a positive attitude and good humor during his tenure on the USTA Pacific Northwest Board of Directors.

Criteria for those applying for the section scholarship is as follows:
• Current membership in the USTA Pacific Northwest Section (USTA/PNW).
• Participation as a tennis player in the USTA/PNW.
• Personal character, strong values, community involvement and good sportsmanship.
• Financial need.

High school seniors graudating in 2009 are encouraged to apply. Please click here to view and print the USTA college scholarship application form. Please click here to view and print the 2009 college scholarship application directions and information.

NOTE: By completing and submitting this scholarship application to the USTA/PNW office, you will be considered for the USTA Pacific Northwest Glenn Lovett College Scholarship as well as the USTA Serves (formerly known as the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation) college scholarships that you choose to select on your application (please see descriptions of each below). There is only one (1) application that is used for all scholarships.

All applicants will assemble and submit, in one envelope, the application, required supporting documentation, and a current photograph. All endorsements and transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes with the endorser’s or guidance counselor’s signature over the seal.

USTA Serves college scholarships

In addition to those offered by the USTA/PNW, the following scholarships are being awarded through USTA Serves:
• Marian Wood Baird Scholarship
• Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship
• Dwight Mosley Scholarship
• College Education Scholarship
• Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship
• College Text Book Scholarship

Please click here to view a chart that lists the specific qualifications for each of the above scholarships. You can also refer to the 2009 USTA Serves College Scholarship Program information sheet for a complete description of each the scholarships that are available.

Applications for both the USTA/PNW Glenn Lovett College Scholarship and USTA Serves college scholarships must be postmarked by February 9, 2009.

Mail all completed applications to:

USTA Pacific Northwest
Attn: Scholarship Application
4840 SW Western Ave, Suite #300
Beaverton, OR 97005

If you have any questions during the application process please feel free to contact USTA/PNW Communications Coordinator Hillary Moore by email at moore@pnw.usta.com or by phone at (503) 520-1877, x21.