GENEVIEVE IKENCHUKWU SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR GIRLS
The GISSG was birthed from the QGF’s founder’s experience as a young orphan girl growing up in Nigeria and although she had very good education, she was plagued by the thought of her own mother’s experience as a young girl whose education was halted by her early marriage to the Monarch of Agbor Kingdom.
Queen Grace loved education and in her own little way, within her brief life, advocated for the education of women. This passion drove her to pursue a discipline in Law despite the limitations of being married at the age of 16 and having 4 children by the age of 23. Unfortunately, she died in a ghastly motor accident before the fulfillment of her academic dream. She was only 25 years old.
The scheme is to benefit the “girl child” in our society with particular focus on (but not limited to) girls of Agbor Kingdom where the late Queen hailed from. The focus is on rural development, i.e women and girls of University Entrance Age and Adult Education, particularly in the rural parts of the country who desperately need this scheme to better their lives as it is the strong belief of the QGF that educating girls, particularly girls within the rural community, will consequently lead to the liberation of that Community, State and/or Nation in the long term.
The scheme was launched during “our voice…the change 2017” with two beneficiaries, one being a student of Delta State University and the other from Kwara State Polytechnic. The GISSG is a GIRLS ONLY scheme for girls in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Whilst Genevieve established the Foundation in honour of her parents, the GISSG is specifically focused on the memory of her mother and her own personal experience as an orphan girl growing up and studying in Nigeria. Genevieve strongly believes that EVERY girl child should not only be educated but should attain the minimum educational qualification in life the same being a DEGREE. This is the ESSENCE of the GISSG.
“You do not have to be an “A Student” to qualify for the Genevieve Ikenchukwu Scholarship Scheme for Girls – (GISSG). You just have to be a girl child, keen and with a drive for EDUCATION” – Genevieve Ikenchukwu
Meet Some Beneficiaries
STEPHANIE AKPOMIEMIE – a final year student of Delta State University studying Agronomy. She lost her father in 2007 and her mother in 2014. She currently lives in Delta State.
ANUOLUWAPO BELLO – a student of Kwara State Polytechnic studying Mass Communication. She lost her father in March 2016, and her mother in July 2017. She currently lives with her elder brother, Emmanuel.