Girls Action Network Salutes 2017 GAN Scholars

New York, NY – Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2017 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP): Kelcie Schliefer (Jamaica, New York), Ava Patino (New York, New York) and Jamiah Tolbert (Macon, Georgia). The scholarship funding for the 2017 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc., Smith College and Wesleyan College.

GAN is a grassroots organization focused on social transformation to educate and empower girls ages 11 and up, with special emphasis on those from underserved communities. At the core of GAN’s mission, the realization is that girls commonly are directed towards traditional careers, away from, for example, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Reaching beyond single mentoring, GAN Founder, Elisa Basnight of Capitol Heights, Maryland comments that “GAN strives to create a myriad of innovative programs and experiences, some in partnership with other not-for-profits and organizations, designed to show girls their expansive career and educational choices at a time when, research consistently shows that ‘education for girls is one of the most effective – if not the most effective investment a nation can make to improve the health and prosperity of present and future generations.'” The GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program is led by the dedicated efforts of Tangiah Royster, Vice President, Community Outreach & Scholarships.

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