Girls Action Network Salutes 2019 GAN Scholars

GAN Scholars 2019 with GAN Vice President, Tangiah Royster, Esq. at Smith College

New York, NY – Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2019 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP):  Alexis Flint (Brooklyn, New York), Kacey Lo (Allentown, Pennsylvania) and Camille van der Watt (Eastport, New York).

GAN’s three SSEP Scholars were selected to attend the month-long Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA where they will receive the unique opportunity to participate in innovative curricula in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics and a young women’s health education initiative. The Smith program also promotes global cultural learning and appreciation due to the number of student participants who come from all over the world. The scholarship funding for the 2019 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc. and Smith 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 Upper Marlboro, 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, GAN Scholar ’06 and Vice President, Community Outreach & Scholarships.

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