Bill Carter of Carter Financial Management awards Umesh Bhandari, pictured with his mother, the 2016 college scholarship.

Bill Carter of Carter Financial Management awards Umesh Bhandari, pictured with his mother, the 2016 college scholarship.

Umesh Bhandari, a native of Nepal who lives in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, will attend University of Texas at Arlington next year, where he says he will work to achieve his dream of becoming a psychiatrist, thanks in part to a $6,000 scholarship from Dallas-based Carter Financial Management.

Bhandari graduated this year from Emmett J. Conrad High School. While just a couple miles from Richardson ISD’s Lake Highlands High School, Conrad is a Dallas ISD campus that’s home to many of our city’s lower-income and immigrant and refugee families. (Thanks to the Vickery Meadow Improvement District, crime has dropped, retail has improved and the neighborhood’s unique personality has been increasingly embraced over the years.)

“This scholarship opens a door that I didn’t think would be possible for me and my family,” Bhandari says. “It means so much as a first step to achieving my career and life goals, and reminds me just how important it is to be involved at school, family and the community.”

The young man served as a student leader and mentor, volunteering at Texas Health Resources and was active with the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Texas Leadership Forum and Teen Leadership Council, among other things, all while excelling academically, say CFM representatives who chose him for the award.

“Umesh is an outstanding young man who is working tirelessly to achieve his goal of becoming a psychiatrist,” company president Bill E. Carter says. “Every member of our scholarship committee, myself included, express admiration for this young man’s intensity, be it academics, helping support his family, serving the community or going to college. We’re proud to extend our support to Umesh and his family.”

Added partner and scholarship committee member Kathy Muldoon, the committee was inspired by Umesh’s vision to open a hospital one day, possibly in his home country of Nepal. 

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