76th Annual Girls Night Out!

At this year’s 76th Annual Girls Night Out, Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region Awarded over $10,000 in local and national scholarships, along with Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards, Program Director Awards, Most Improved Awards, Teen Leader Awards, Margaret Noble Awards, Sybil Hoyle Awards, and the Winifred Downey Girl of the Year Awards.

We are very fortunate at Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region to have donors who believe in our girls’ futures, and have created scholarship funds for current members, high school seniors, and Girls Inc Alumnae to continue on their pursuit for education or talent.  This year we presented the following scholarships:

The Dorothea E. Allen scholarship has been made possible by a bequest from Gordon Allen, a homeless man, in his mother’s memory.  This is an award given to assist a current or former member of Girls Incorporated who possesses promise and potential in developing their talents.  These funds can be used by individuals for pursuit of a course of study, special learning experience or a training program that will develop a talent or ability that will benefit the community and the country. ($3,022)

The William G. Broughton Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement is an award given to assist a present or former member of Girls Incorporated in pursuing a field or endeavor in which she has a developing talent or ability.  This can be academic pursuit, an athletic skill or artistic or technical interest. ($5,100)

The Teri Bordenave Scholarship was started by our two boards in 2009 to honor the former President/CEO of 20 years. Her hard work and dedication to this organization and its mission over the past two decades is noticeable on every level. The funds can be used for college tuition, and related college expenses (such as books, lab or studio fees, etc.) and can be for either first or subsequent years of college tuition assistance. This is different from the pre-existing scholarship funds that are distributed by Girls Inc., and comes to mind because of the many times we’d heard from girls looking for funds to help with the costs of college after the first year.   It seems that most scholarship programs – including those at Girls Inc. – only focus on that first year, which leaves kids with a bigger challenge for years 2 and beyond. ($200)

In the summer of 2006 Valerie DeLaCruz attended a Girls Inc. fundraiser and was touched by the presentations made by the girls who attended the program and the efforts made on their behalf.  Mindful of how connection with strong role models can make all the
difference in a young person’s life, and of how sharing time and experiences with girlfriends has brought joy and opportunities, she was inspired to create the MyGirlfriends Quilt scholarship. ($1,915).

This year, Girls Inc National decided to add a new scholarship for 8th grade girls called the Strong, Smart and Bold 8th Grade Scholarship.  They had to be current Girls Inc members, in the 8th grade, and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher. ($250)

Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients this year!!

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