The National, Monday July 1st, 2013
WESTPAC has opened nominations for round four of the Westpac Women’s Education Grants programme, which offers women and girls a chance to gain financial assistance to help them afford the cost of their education.
Westpac is offering a total of three education grants in PNG this round – three K6,000 grants for female tertiary students or workers who would like to return to study.
According to Westpac managing director Ashleigh Matheson, Westpac has offered these grants since 2011 because the bank recognises the critical link between education and the broader empowerment of women across the Pacific.
“We believe that our great country can only reach its full potential when women have stronger leadership and economic opportunities.
“An important part of the reason we’re committed to these Grants is because we believe education is the key to achieving these aims.”
“Those who benefit from education have far stronger chances of entering the workforce and enjoying a strong and stable career – the Westpac Women’s Education Grants provide the helping hand.”
Applications opened on June 19 and close on July 19, with winners announced on Aug 12.
To apply, applicants need to write an essay about what they are doing to make a difference in their community and why.
Grant application forms and information on criteria are available from Westpac’s website www.westpac.com.au/pacific and from all Westpac branches.
“I strongly encourage women and girls from around the country to apply for these grants – it’s a big step towards helping them achieve their personal and professional goals,” Matheson said.