What is the Joy Attwood Scholarship Fund?
In 2014, CCF began a college scholarship fund for girls of marginalized producers of the Association for Craft Producers interested in pursuing +2 higher education. The Joy Attwood College Scholarship Fund was named in honor of CCF chair Denise’s mother, Joy, who was a mentor to many young women around the world. This scholarship, administered by the non-profit Association for Craft Producers in Nepal, set out to provide a $1,000 tuition scholarship to either several outstanding girl scholars to help pay for their college tuition for 2 years. ACP will also set aside $1,000 as an endowment to ensure that this program will remain viable for years to come. In 2016 we made this a competitive scholarship available to the girl children of producers & managers of ACP with an emphasis placed on granting it to the most outstanding scholar with the greatest need. Many of the applicants have received the Power of 5 stipend which has helped them stay in school. It is our hope that these young women will be able to continue further past class 10 and pursue their dreams and inspire other young girls in Nepal.
Joy Attwood Scholars
Sanjhana Shrestha Class of 2016
“That was my turning point. It was a big day for me, I felt like I was flying in the sky,” Sanjhana recalls when learning she had scored 89% on her School Leaving Certificate Exam.
17 years old, Sanjhana is studying nursing and was highly inspired by her brother who is studying engineering. She hopes to go abroad for a higher degree in nursing and to “gain some experience and return back to my motherland to serve my country and my fellow countrymen.”
In addition to her studies, Sanjhana enjoys chatting with her friends, surfing Facebook, reading books and watching movies. She prefers to dress casually in jeans and t-shirts and also likes humming. Though academically strong, Sanjhana feels that the cost of her education is a major financial burden to her family. Sanjhana was also a reciepient of the Power of 5.
Class of 2016
“When I scored 90.88% in School Leaving Certificate Exam my parents was very elated and I was delighted to bring smile on their faces”
17 years old, Muna is currently a student of science in Golden Gate College and dreams of becoming a doctor and to serve her village Sindhupalchowk. Although, she is well aware of the huge cost of studying medicine, she is not yet willing to abandon her dream of becoming a cardiologist. She believes that with hard work and dedication she will be able to get a scholarship.
“If I get this scholarship it will help be pursue my study for next year; bear the additional expenses such as book, stationary and transportation. It will also take me one step closer to my dream, motivates me to study more and score higher marks in future too.”
Besides her study, Muna likes to listen to Nepali and English music. She likes to dress up traditionally in kurthas. She wants to set an example for her younger brother who does not take studies seriously.
Aashma Maharjan Class of 2016
“I was very happy scoring a distinction in SLC. I feel I can still do better in future and make my parent feel more proud for me.”
16 years old, Aashma is currently studying nursing. Since early childhood she dreamt of becoming a nurse as she enjoys tending to the ill. Unlike many students her age, Aashma has no desire to go abroad for further her studies. She plans to complete her education in Nepal.
“Even I know there is a huge opportunity for me abroad as a nurse rather I wish to stay here in Nepal and serve the people of my country which has always been my foremost goal in my life.”
In addition to receiving the Joy Attwood Scholarship which she says motivates her to study harder, she was a recipient of the Power of 5. She loves mathematics, reading books and watching horror movies. Singing and dancing are not her cup of tea. She prefers to wear jeans and a t-shirt.
Heema Maharjan Class of 2015
“My aim is to be engineer but my parents can’t afford me money to complete my education in school level also. I will always work hard for being engineer. My parents are uneducated so, my father didn’t care of my education. He did not give money for my education. He didn’t know that how important is education because he is uneducated. Then also I will do my best and show to my father. For that my mother is helping so much, I can’t forget it help for ever.”
Meet the recipients
In 2016 a high school student in Spokane, Washington named Grace began an internship with CCF with the end goal of comparing and contrasting the differences between the lives and challenges faces by high school ages students in America to those in Nepal. With this in mind, she posed four questions to each of the 2016 Joy Attwood recipients:
- Why has being a Joy Attwood Scholarship recipient been important to you?
- (a) What is a social problem that you would like to solve in the future for your community? (b) What are you going to do to solve this issue?
- Describe a significant challenge or risk that you have experienced or undertaken in your life that has required courage.
- Provide one past experience or accomplishment that demonstrates your leadership potential. How does this experience reflect on the overall issue you would like to solve in the future?
The girls initial responses and followup responses can be found below along with Grace’s reflection.