July 18, 2010

Udayan Shalini Fellowships Programme in India for Young Girls and Women

Udayan Shalini Fellowships-USF

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: Udayan Care
Country to Study in: India

Scholarship Description
The Indian government has expressed a strong commitment towards education for all; however, India still has one of the lowest female literacy rates in Asia.

The Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme is a monetary and mentoring programme to support girls in need to pursue their education, which would help them become economically independent and contribute to their as well as social development.

The Udayan Shalini Fellowships initiated in 2002, aim to ensure no girl with the drive to learn is denied her dream, due to lack of support.

In addition to academic excellence, graduating Shalinis (Dignified Women) have evolved as educated, responsible citizens, able to voice their opinions and take independent decisions. Many of them are first generation learners, becoming role models for their communities and our miracles of hope!

Eligibility
Girls in Class XI in government schools across the 8 Chapters are selected through NAT - a meticulous system that evaluates Needs, Ambition and Talent.

Girls clearing the written test are interviewed; those shortlisted are visited at home to assess the need for support.

Once selected,they are bound by the Pledge they take to uphold the values of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship, with a promise to give back to those like them.

Eligible groups
Female citizens of India (who are poor)

Participating Institutions
New Delhi.

Starting with 72 girls, in Delhi, we have expanded to 8 more Chapters in Dehradun, Kolkata, Kurukshetra, Aurangabad, Phagwara, Haridwar and Gurgaon. In 10 years, over 3000 girls in 8 cities, look forward to a future full of promise.

Fields of study
All fields are covered

Number of awards
Inquire from provider

Sponsorship duration
Successful applicants are supported for 5-6 years, till they complete graduation or specialised courses.

Scholarship benefits
USF is a fellowship, not merely a scholarship, going much beyond monetary assistance. At the core of the model is Pyramidal Mentoring, which ensures holistic development of the girls. Young entrepreneurs, educationists and experts keen on change, join us as senior mentors and works with 2 groups of girls. Each group is supported by an alumna Shalini - a mentor didi, who understands the young Shalinis; Didis also inspire the youngsters to give back.

Workshops and residential camps enable fellows to explore new avenues whilst understanding the importance of financial independence.

All Shalinis are involved in social work of 50 hours every year,through social campaigns, instilling in them the desire to give back. Its no wonder that many of our young girls, are contributing to the development of younger Shalinis; as mentor didis or even financially!

Method of Application
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for information on how to apply

DEADLINES:
The application deadline is 30th July 2010

PLEASE NOTE:
Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme is a Scholarship and Personality Development Programme for girls from lower socio-economic milieu. It reaches out to disadvantaged girls who live with their natural families, but in difficult circumstances.

They are given monetary and mentoring support to continue pursuing academic and vocational training to attain independence.

Disparity in literacy between the sexes has been a growing concern. It is clearly depicted by UNESCO 2003 estimates, according to which -
  • 96% of girl children are enrolled in primary schools vs. 45% enrolment in secondary schools
  • A mere 9% of girls are enrolled in tertiary education
  • Girls are often removed from school due to financial, social and cultural constraints. Poor families are also more likely to keep girls at home to care for younger siblings or to work in family enterprises. This serves as a major barrier to a girl’s education.
Objectives & Goals:
The programme has been developed to fulfill the following objectives:
  • To afford financial aid to deserving but needy girl students to enable them to study and reach their true potential
  • To create a mentoring environment that provides individual attention, counseling and grooming for the girls and assures their overall mental and moral development
  • Through education, to improve their career prospects and financial capacity and thereby reduce the impact of poverty in communities
  • To make them socially responsible citizens and to encourage them to make a positive contribution to society through obligatory social work.
Application Deadline: 30 July 2010
Open to International Students: No

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