Programs for a world of opportunity
National programs offered at Girls Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut (Girls Inc. of SWCT) are focused on the following areas:
- Careers and College Planning
- Leadership and Community Action
- Economic Literacy
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Self Esteem
- Self Reliance and Life Skills
- Health and Fitness
- Sports Adventure
Membership in Girls Inc. of SWCT offers girls the opportunity to compete with members across the United States and Canada for scholastic awards, participate in contests such as Corporate Camp (SM) and win the annual Girls Inc. National Scholarship.
"Getting the Girls Inc. National Scholarship is a huge help to me and my Mom, financially, but more importantly I really feel more obligated now than ever to live up to the expectations of Girls Inc. to be strong, smart, and bold."
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.- Margaret Fuller
Girls Inc. National Scholarship
The Girls Inc. National Scholars Program was created in 1992 when Lucile Miller Wright, a long-time supporter of Girls Incorporated, made a bequest from her estate to fund scholarships expressly for young women members.
Since 1993, Girls Inc. has awarded $2.58 million in scholarships to 413 high school women. Multiple scholarships ($2,500 and $15,000) are awarded each year and may be applied to tuition and expenses at any accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. This is a private scholarship, open only to young women who are in the 11th or 12th grade and who are members of a Girls Incorporated affiliate.
The purpose of the Scholars Program is to make post-secondary education more accessible by offsetting the financial costs. Our goal is to inspire members to succeed in school and to consider a broad range of career possibilities.
The following girls are recent Girls Inc. of SWCT - National Winners:
- 2010 - $2,500 National Scholarship Winner - Giselle Munoz
- 2008 - $15,000 National Scholarship Winner - Bernadette Ruberte
Nancy H. Camp Scholarship
The Nancy H. Camp Scholarship, at the Elisha Leavenworth Foundation was established in 2009 and is open to girls who have been a member of Girls Inc. of SWCT for at least three years and are from the Greater Waterbury area where Girls Inc. started.
Scholarships are $5,000 per year given for each year of full time study in a bachelors degree program at accredited institutions. One new scholarship is awarded each year and one renewal scholarship may be awarded each year through reapplication. Renewal scholars must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.6.
All applicants must be accepted and enrolled in a bachelors or associate degree program to receive their scholarship.
- 2009 Nancy Camp Scholarship recipient - Kelsey Poulter
Patricia H. Mayfield Memorial Book Scholarship
The Patricia H. Mayfield Memorial Book Scholarship was established in February of 2010 after the passing of Connecticut's Commissioner of Labor, Waterbury community leader and esteemed Trustee and 2008 Woman of the Year of Girls Inc. of SWCT, Patricia Mayfield.
This scholarship is open to graduating senior girls in Southwestern CT that have been accepted to an accredited four year college who are members of Girls Inc. of SWCT.
The scholarship awards $250 paid directly to the university for application against book and supply fees that the girl will incur as a student. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better to apply.
* All scholarship applications and further details on how and when to apply are available through Girls Inc. of SWCT's lead office.