Fairmont State Emeritus Professor honored with Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Fairmont State University Emeritus Professor Dr. Tulasi Joshi received a prestigious award when he attended the 2019 Nepalis National Convention in Chicago, IL this summer. 

Joshi was the recipient of The President’s Volunteer Serice Award - Gold by the former prime minister of Nepal, Madhav K. Nepal. The award recognizes those tho have achieved a required number of hours of volunteer service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. 

“It was a great honor to receive this award. The convention was the biggest one so far and people gathered there from all over the country with several dignitaries from Nepal and other honorable people," he said. "I am happy to share this award with Fairmont State University and our community." 

Joshi was born in the remote district of Bajhang, Nepal.He received his Master's degrees from Tribhuvan University and the University of Hawaii and a Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked for over 42 years as a professor of geography at Fairmont State University and is a life member and former treasurer of the Association of Nepalis in the Americas (ANA). He has been championing the education cause to empower deserving Nepali students thereby meeting the educational mission of ANA. He established scholarship programs for needy students of Bajhang for their higher education in Nepal, and for Nepali students for their undergraduate studies at Fairmont State University. About 50 students have benefited from these scholarship programs.

He also received the Cyrus R. Vance Award for International Education in West Virginia in 2003 among several other award and recognitions.