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The Legacy of Shirin and Pandju Merali

Part 4 of 4: The Shirin Pandju Merali Foundation

Through a generous donation from the Shirin Pandju Merali Foundation, established by Pandju Merali in honor of his late wife, Shirin Merali, The Asia Foundation is supporting scholarship programs that will enable women to attain university degrees. In Mongolia, the program will provide four-year scholarships to 60 women at two prestigious public universities in Ulaanbaatar: National University of Mongolia (NUM) and Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST). The program in Mongolia will enroll 48 women in hard-science bachelor's degree programs and 12 in social science bachelor's degree programs. Mr. Merali's lack of formal education fueled his commitment to supporting education for young women throughout the developing world—making their dreams of attaining a university education come true.

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