Our intern Regine starts nursing school next month
It’s been a busy summer for WomensTrust and our scholarship recipients!
As we reported back in February, WomensTrust launched its new, "College-Bound" scholarship program for our most outstanding high school graduates -- bright young women with big dreams for their future, but lacking the financial means to continue their education and pursue a college degree.
Now, thanks to our generous supporters, our scholarship graduates have a chance to make their dreams of going to college a reality. And we're thrilled to announce that our first three College-Bound scholarship recipients -- Regine, Mary, and Stella -- have all been accepted to universities in Ghana!
Since graduating high school last year, the three young women -- all of whom were able to stay in school thanks to WomensTrust scholarships -- have interned in WomensTrust's office in Pokuase, where they assist our loan staff with loan repayments and data entry. Our interns have gained valuable work skills -- and they have even bigger plans for their future. Mary wants to study fashion design and teach at the university level. Regine wants to be a nurse. Stella plans to be an accountant.
Our College-Bound scholarships are making their career dreams come true. Stella has already started her accounting studies at Accra Polytechnic. And after completing their pre-admittance interviews this past June, both Regine and Mary have been accepted to start their first year in college this fall. Regine will be attending nursing school at the Nursing Training College at Korle-Bu Hospital in Accra. In September, Mary starts her coursework at the University of Education in Winneba.
"I am not sure what person I would be now without WomensTrust. I would most certainly have not finished school, maybe I would already be a mother now, without the means to support myself," says Stella.
For just $1,000 a year (less than $85 a month!), you can make the dream of a college education a reality for a promising young woman in Pokuase. If you would like to sponsor a WomensTrust College-Bound scholarship, please drop us an email at email@example.com.
Girls Leadership Camp
In late July, 10 of our scholarship students attended a girls’ leadership camp in Accra.
Held on the campus of the University of Ghana – Legon, the leadership camp is sponsored by the College of Ama (CofA), a Ghanaian organization that provides educational enrichment programs to underprivileged girls in Ghana. CofA, co-founded by renowned educator and WomensTrust Ghana board member Dr. Nana Apt, has sponsored the educational enrichment camp for several years.
Our scholarship girls joined 20 other girls for three weeks of instruction in the core subjects. The girls also engaged in arts and crafts activities, and did some sight-seeing in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.
For many of the girls attending the camp, it was the first time they have ventured outside their own small villages or visited a college campus.
In addition to providing classroom instruction in Math, English and computer technology, the camp is also designed to build girls’ self-esteem and expose them to potential career paths.
A New School Year Ahead
This fall, 200 girls in our scholarship program will be returning to class for the 2014-2015 academic year. We're proud to report that among our scholarship recipients, 43 girls are in high school, while another 26 girls are entering their final year of junior high in Pokuase.
Currently, 20 girls in our program benefit from multi-year scholarships, in which a sponsor is matched with an individual girl for the duration of her schooling. Our sponsors receive photos of the individual girls they sponsor, along with report cards and personal letters in which the girls share details about their lives, their favorite subjects, and their dreams for their future.
"My favorite subject is science," Faima, one of our scholarship girls, wrote in a letter to her sponsor recently. Faima aspires to be a doctor one day.
"I enjoy the practical lessons which give me insights of the functions of the atmosphere, and also how the human system works," she wrote. "Through science, we have been able to find a cure for many diesases to save lives, and to make life more comfortable through innovation."
WomensTrust aims to ensure that high academic achievers like Faima complete their education, graduate from high school, and have the opportunity to fulfill their highest potential. For just $350 a year (less than $30 a month) you can sponsor a girl's education in Pokuase and help change her life forever.
WomensTrust intern Mary will study fashion design
Faima dreams of becoming a doctor