By Felix Khanoba
No fewer than 506 female students in the country have been awarded scholarship by the United States (US) based Nigeria Women Association of Georgia (NWAG).
President of the association, Dr. Stella Etta, who stated this recently during the NWAG’s 18th Annual Awards Banquet in Atlanta, USA, said the association gave out the scholarships since its inception in 2000.
The association, a group of accomplished Nigerian women residing in the State of Georgia, also shipped medical supplies worth two million dollars to Nigeria.
Etta said: “Currently, NWAG supports 12 orphanages in 11 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) through the ‘Beacon 100’ campaign.
“We have awarded 506 scholarships to female college students across the 36 states and the FCT and has so far awarded 52 one-time scholarships to high school seniors in Georgia.
“Last year, we increased the number of containers of medical supplies shipped to hospitals in Nigeria to five containers worth over $2 million to 13 community hospitals in 12 states.
“Efforts with our community outreach programmes in Metro Atlanta, help promote the Nigerian culture, change some of the common misconceptions about our home country and narrow the cultural gap between our various cultures.”
While saying that this year’s scholarships and orphanage awards for Nigeria would hold on October 25 in Abuja, Etta said each recipient of the scholarship award will go home with 300 dollars.
“The 37 female students will receive the naira equivalent of 300 dollars each. In addition, 12 orphanages will receive the naira equivalent of 700 dollar each for meals and toys.’’
According to her, the orphanages include the Little Saints, Palm Grove, Lagos; Seventh Day Adventist, Edoha, Rivers; Susana Home, Aba; Anamwim Home, Abuja; Zume Memorial, Irrua, Edo; God’s will, Anyigba and Care Peoples Foundation, Ibadan among others.