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Earlier this year, Global Adjustments Foundation instituted the Shakti Scholarship – an effort to empower young girls by giving them financial support to pursue higher studies, and by handholding them in their journey towards achieving life excellence as well. The scholarship involves a grant of up to Rs. 60,000 per year over a five-year period to see that a child secures a degree and is placed in a job and equipped with tools for life excellence.

The scholarship was made open to students from the Jaigopal Garodia Government Girls’ School, Virugambakkam. Qualifying aspects include a score of over 90 per cent in the Standard 10 Board examinations and the aspiration to make it big in life – many of the girls come from very humble backgrounds, but they are optimistic and dream of blazing their own trail. Choices include joining the Public Services, or becoming chartered accountants and entrepreneurs. “It was a dream of mine to join the Indian Revenue Service – now, I have the strength to make it a reality given that I have well-wishers from the Foundation to guide me,” says Hemavathi, one of the scholarship recipients.

Girls from economically less privileged backgrounds usually lack fluency in English, display low self-confidence and have little exposure to technology. Above all, the financial constraints their families face hold them back from achieving their goals. However, parents are eager to give their daughters every chance they can to propel their education and careers.

In addition to financial assistance, the Shakti Scholarship offers mentoring; and classes in spoken English, goal setting and meditation classes are part of the agenda. The Global Adjustments Foundation is confident that these girls will excel in the fields that they choose to go into, and bring laurels to their families and to the nation. Let us remember that empowered women will create an empowered nation.

The only request that Global Adjustments’ founder, Ranjini Manian, has is: “Rise and shine in life so that you lift your family and give back in turn to empower other women during your lifetime.”

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