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Saluting the spirit of women empowerment

212 girls awarded with Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarships 2010 to pursue their dreams, Saluting the spirit of women empowerment.

The Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarship helps academically brilliant girls from the lowest economic strata of the society fulfill their dreams of higher education. These students are supported with course fees, accommodation, local travel, books and stationery costs, depending upon the need. 

In its eighth year of awarding scholarships, the Fair and Lovely Foundation has helped more than thousand young girls realize their dreams. Mr. Govind Rajan, Category Head, Skincare, HUL said, “Women’s empowerment is linked to the India’s growth story. Look at the National Literary Mission. It was renamed to make 70 million people — 60 million of them women — functionally literate by 2012. We, at HUL, also believe that education is the key to upliftment of girls and women in the country. The Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarship is a humble but vital step in support of this belief.”

With its mission of empowering women, the Fair & Lovely Foundation also felicitated well-known women achievers from different fields such as sports, aviation, biotechnology and defence. These women achievers not only set an example for the scholarship awardees but also serve as role models to pursue their life goals.

Says, Jyoti Sultane from Aurangabad, who is studying to be a computer science graduate “It is only because of this scholarship that I can dream of becoming a graduate.” The Fair & Lovely Foundation hopes to bring a ray of hope into lives of many more girls like Jyoti. Today, our country ranks at 122 out of 138 nations on the Gender Inequality Index, with only 27% of adult women having a secondary or higher level of education, compared with 50% of men.

The Fair & Lovely Foundation contributes to the area of female education in the country. Deserving candidates are selected through a screening-and-interview process. Our panel of noted professionals from various fields, which included Padma Shree Ms Lila Poonawala, Padma Bhushan Manju Sharma, educators Sneh Bhargava, member National Knowledge Commission, Mr Pabitra Sarkar,former Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University of Kolkata, among others, carefully interviewed these girls in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkatta, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Chandigarh. Their level of need and desire to excel was taken into account while selecting the list of awardees.

About Fair & Lovely Foundation:

Fair & Lovely Scholarship Foundation is an HUL initiative that aims to empower the women of India through education and career development. The foundation identifies academically exceptional girls from financially challenged backgrounds and offers scholarships up to Rs. one lakh per candidate. To maintain integrity and fairness the selection is done by a panel of eminent personalities from diverse fields. As the foundation enters its 8th year of inception Fair & Lovely intends to take forward the spirit of this endeavor.

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