15 Girl Guides benefit from Muriel Wight Scholarships
(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 18 January 2011)
Fifteen members of the Guyana Girl Guides Association (GGGA) have benefitted from the recently established Muriel Wight Scholarship Fund. The association announced that the students would have benefitted from a total of $260,000 to assist them in post secondary, secondary and primary education.
According to the body, the awards, although modest by some standards, are in support of fees, extra lessons, books, transportation or meals to support the Guides in their academic journey.
The Guyana Girl Guides Association Muriel Wight Scholarship Fund was launched on February 18th, 2010, in the presence of Muriel Wight, a former Guide Commissioner whose life’s work centered on the education and development of girls through guiding. Wight, a centenarian, died shortly after the launch of the fund.
“This scholarship fund was set up by the GGGA to encourage the growth and development of girls and young women through building and reinforcing self confidence and acquisition of new skills. To qualify for and maintain the Muriel Wight Scholarship, girls must maintain an acceptable grade point average, and participate fully in Guiding and leadership activities.”
The members will also be expected to continue their volunteer support for an agreed period on completion of their studies. To date, through donations and sponsorship, the fund now boosts approximately $500,000. A walkathon and a “Back in Time” party also contributed to the fundraising efforts in 2010.
“We take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, donors and all who have contributed in whatever way possible to this worthy effort,” the association said.