May 18, 2007

Reflections from Girls Inc. 2007 Scholarship Winners


Tammie Limoges
tlimoges@girlsincdenver.org
(303) 893-4363 x 102
Helen McLoraine Scholarship: Awarded to Sharoia Taylor - $10,000 over 2 years
A sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she had this to say about community, "When I fall they are always there. When I have lost hope they always believed. When I did not believe in myself they believed in me and reminded me where I came from and who I was. This is what a community is to me."

Strong, Smart, Bold Scholarship: Awarded to Ayrielle Pollard - $10,000 over 2 years
This junior at George Washington High School wrote in her essay, "[Being strong, smart and bold] doesn't simply mean being physically muscular, academically intellectual, or the most confident person in the world, but it means putting forth major effort when you know you don't have the strength, making wise decisions even though you're afraid to fail, and facing the world with your chin up, knowing that people are thinking something discrediting about you."

Strong, Smart, Bold Scholarship: Awarded to Jazzarie Fejeran - $10,000 over 2 years
A junior at George Washington High School, she wrote, "Everyone says things happen for a reason, but what is that reason? I believe that I have found out what that reason is in my case. I used to be confused and distressed about things that have happened in my life but on my long bumpy road to success, I have discovered strong, smart, and bold inside myself."

Teen Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to Valencia Peterson - $5,000
A senior at George Washington High School, her essay spoke to her experience as a leader. She wrote, "It is important to understand that a team does not always have to win. I understand that it is acceptable to lose as long as the team tries their hardest... As a leader it is critical to maintain a positive and caring attitude towards members of a team."

Teen Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to Shavon Thompson - $5,000
Currently a sophomore at George Washington High School, when asked about leadership, she wrote, "Leaders possess a positive attitude and utilize their time, skills and talents to create hope."

Teen Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to Yamili Quezada - $5,000
This sophomore from North High School wrote about leadership, "I don't necessarily need to be the next Cesar Chavez to be recognized, all I have to do is change a simple thing: 'The world can't change all at once; it must be done little by little.' Leadership is contributing to each step toward change."

Kinnard Scholarship: Awarded to Yoshanni Ford-Boone - $1,000
In her essay, this senior at East High School wrote about leadership, "My leadership means to me that I have made a great impact in my community."
The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM GIMD delivers gender-specific programs to over 2,200 girls each year from across the Denver metro area. These programs equip girls ages 6 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The organization is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated, whose research-based programs and expertise on girls’ issues date back to 1864. For more information, go to www.girlsincdenver.org.
The vision of Girls Incorporated is empowered girls and an equitable society. We believe that girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes, to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm, to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success, to accept and appreciate their bodies, to have confidence in themselves, to be safe in the world and to be prepared for interesting work and economic independence.

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