Westpac empowers women and girls through education - Solomon Star News

Westpac empowers women and girls through education

19 May 2015

Westpac Solomon Islands today announced the winners of the 2015 Westpac Women’s Education Grants, a program that gives women and girls a helping hand to further their education.

Westpac Women’s Education Grants deliver financial assistance to primary school, high school or secondary college girls and women studying at a tertiary institution or women currently working who wish to return to study.  

“Studies show time and time again that educating women and girls benefits everyone – individuals, families, communities and entire nations,” said Elliott Griffin, General Manager of Westpac Solomon Islands.

This year, Westpac received more than 60 applications from as far as Temotu Province to Munda in the Western Province.  Judges awarded the grants based on responses to the question:  “What are the three things our country needs to do in order to Make it Happen for women”.

“We received some terrific responses and the field of applicants was certainly competitive this year,” said Mr. Giffin.  “We selected the following girls and women because of their ability to present a well thought out argument in response to the question – a key academic and business skill that will be further developed as they continue their studies.”

Primary Category: Chelsea B Kei – Coronation School, wins a grant of $ 1,000.00

Primary Category: Deslie Legahile – Mbokonavera School, wins a grant of $1,000.00

Secondary Category: Stephany Veronica – Coronation School, wins a grant of $ 3, 850.00

Secondary Category: Lucy Keniore – St. Nicholas College, wins a grant of $3,850.00

Tertiary Category: Damaris L Manea – SINU, wins a grant of $6,500.00

Tertiary Category: Jenelle P Raddie – Teacher wins a grant of $6,500.00

“Congratulations to the successful applicants and thank you to everyone who applied for a grant,” said Mr Griffin.

“We truly hope this is the beginning of a long and promising educational journey for our winners, and that this will go some way to helping them meet their aspirations for the future.”