The ECSP was established in 2014 to assist academically bright young girls to continue in higher studies. It is open to all 10th standard female pupils attending Cuomo Foundation supported Schools in Tamil Nadu, India.

For the academic year 2014-2015, the first recipient of this new scholarship is Ms Shabana Asmin (pictured above with her proud parents) who is 16yrs old and attends St Joseph’s Higher Sec. School, Kovalam.

The announcement of her award was made at the official launch of the ECSP on December 15th, in Kovalam.

In 2013, Shabana Asmin scored the highest regional marks for the 10th standard public government school examination: an outstanding average of 96.6 %. She is fascinated by Space and wishes to study Aeronautical Science at University.

The aim of this new Scholarship program is to identify and support gifted female students from the three secondary schools in Kovalam, Sendivakkam and K.G.Kandigai funded by the Cuomo Foundation. A total of 3 Scholarships will be awarded annually to girls achieving the highest scores of the public government exams taken in late March, at the end of the 10th standard.

The scholarship will be granted on a yearly basis for a maximum of two years support in secondary school and a further three to five years support in University and is subject to the pupil maintaining a high academic level each year. The amount of scholarship will cover the total annual school fees and then the University tuition and fees. Any other financial and practical support through purchase of computers, additional English lessons or other materials will also be considered on an individual basis and need.

In the forthcoming years the Elena Cuomo Scholarship hopes to help many more girls, like Shabana Asmin, reach for the stars and pursue their dreams!

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