This programme was established in 2014 to assist academically bright young girls to continue in higher studies. The aim of this new scholarship programme is to identify and support gifted female students from the three secondary schools in Kovalam, Sendivakkam and K.G.Kandigai funded by the Cuomo Foundation. A total of three scholarships will be awarded annually to girls achieving the highest scores of the public government exams taken in late March, at the end of the 10th standard. The scholarship will be granted on a yearly basis for a maximum of two years support in secondary school and a further three to five years support in University and is subject to the pupil maintaining a high academic level each year. The amount of scholarship will cover the total annual school fees and then University tuition fees.
For the academic year 2014-2015, the first recipient of this new scholarship was Ms Shabana Asmin who attended St Joseph’s Higher Sec. School, Kovalam. In 2013, Shabana Asmin scored the highest regional marks for the 10th standard public government school examination: an outstanding average of 96.6 %. Shabana has been accepted to study on the Aeronautical Engineering course at the prestigious Sathyabama University, Chennai and commenced her 4 year-course in 2015.
For the academic year 2015-16, three girls were awarded the scholarship on the results of the 10th standard exam.
Ms Deepa Lakshmirpathy
Alfredo Cuomo Higher Secondary School, Sendivakkam
Ms Amala Gangatharan-Ponnamma
St Charles Higher Secondary School, K.G.Kandigai
Ms Desia-Geetha Desappan
St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Kovalam