Scholarship for Girls with Physical Impairment

Scholarship for Girls with Physical Impairment

Scholarship for Girls with Physical Impairment

S.Gita from Thiruchengode dreams of pursuing her higher education in Tamil. ?I want to complete my BA and then find a job.? Her eyes brimmed as she spoke. Having completed her Plus-Two in a regular school, she gradually began losing vision. ?My eyesight progressively worsened and I could not continue my education immediately after Plus-Two?, she said.

At the Avinashilingam University here on Tuesday, she was awaiting the results of the scholarship she had applied to. Gita was among the 17 girls who were at the University to attend the test for the Marga Schulze scholarship.

Institute by Marga Schulze Foundation, a German organization funding higher education of women with visual impairment in Africa and Asia the scholarship was for girl students with visual impairment who could not afford higher education.

Facilitated through the Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM), an organization that works for the welfare of those with visual impairment in more than 113 countries worldwide, the scholarships would be given to 25 eligible candidates in South India. This year, however, the number had been raised to 50, M.N.G Mani, Committee member of CBM, said.

The scholarship would fund three years of the students? education covering of tuition and accommodation expenses. More than 150 girls with visual impairment were availing of the scholarship in the country. Depending on their requirements, a scholarship of up to Rs.20, 000 could be given.

However, it would be given to the girls only after ascertaining their skills in reading and writing Braille, academic performance in Plus-Two, mobility and economic backgrounds, Mr. Mani said. This year, the CBM was also planning to give 10 personal computers to deserving meritorious students among those selected for the scholarships.

However, Tamil Nadu was doing very well in the education of such girls.

Last year, out of 25 scholarships given to students in South India, 15 of them went to those from Tamil Nadu.

From this year, the students who were selected fro the scholarship would also be given training in personality development, interview and communication skills, and also leadership by a network formed recently by people with disabilities, their parents, non-Governmental organizations and professionals in Coimbatore. The network would also follow up the performance of the students in the colleges they studied.

Scholarship for Girls with Physical Impairment