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Syngenta’s scholarship to empower women in Bangladesh, India

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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The Asian University for Women (AUW) and Syngenta Asia Pacific announced Syngenta’s Scholarship Programme for empowering women from rural farming communities in Bangladesh and India.

Syngenta will sponsor $375,000 in scholarship fees for five female AUW students from Jan 2022 to Dec 2026, said a press release. 

These five students are selected from the smallholder communities of India and Bangladesh.

This initiative is in recognition of the significant economic contributions of women in agriculture and is aligned to the commitments of AUW and Syngenta in expanding opportunities to help rural women succeed.

Syngenta’s scholarship will cover tuition, room and board, health coverage, textbooks, and supplies for five students.

Recipients of this scholarship are selected from interested students from farming communities based on their academic excellence and demonstrated leadership.

Of the five-year scholarship period, students will devote an entire year to learning English under AUW’s rubric of ‘Pathways for Promise’. They will spend the second year at the Access Academy for further academic preparation for all core academic subjects, and the last three years will be devoted to completing a US accreditation-eligible undergraduate program.

Pamela Gonzalez, head of Asia Group and APAC Head of Diversity & Inclusion, AMM Golam Towhid, managing director of Syngenta-Bangladesh, and Kamal Ahmad, founder of the Asian University for Women were present on the occasion.