SRINAGAR: Fair & Lovely Foundation Wednesday awarded scholarships to girls who showcased “outstanding academic records, and awe-inspiring desire to be self-reliant.”
In a press statement issued here, the company said a grand convocation ceremony was held in Mumbai in which the Foundation awarded the scholarships. The ceremony was supported by renowned personalities from distinguished backgrounds, it said, adding the Actress Lara Dutta, Padmashree. Lila Poonawalla and Singer Shibani Kashyap were present on the occasion.
“Each of these renowned women shared their perspectives on girls’ education and importance of being self-sufficient, and narrated inspiring anecdotes from their lives,” it added.
The company said it, in last one decade, provided scholarships to over 1,000 young girls from “challenging economic backgrounds” and helped them to pursue higher education.
“From this edition, the foundation has also extended scholarships in the areas of vocational training and start up business capital to inspire an attitude of self-reliance and independence amongst young women,” it added.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President, Skincare Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Srinandan Sundaram, said, “This year we have taken our commitment to a higher level, and tried to reach out and give financial aids to young women to take vocational courses or start their own enterprises.”
About the initiative, he said: “I am extremely delighted to present Fair & Lovely scholarships 2014 to bright young women who have shown undeterred attitude to achieve and work toward accomplishing their dreams. We hope that we get to continue with our initiative…”
Chief guest Lara Dutta, who gave away the scholarships to the selected candidates, said, “Being a woman myself, I know and understand the importance of a girl’s self-independence, and self-sufficiency.”
“I support Fair & Lovely Foundation’s ideology and initiative towards empowering young women,” she said.