ISLAMABAD: The Scottish Government’s International Development Minister, Neil Gray, has announced that the British Council’s Scotland Pakistan Scholarship Scheme for Young Women and Girls will double the number of scholarships available.
A news release issued here on Thursday by the embassy stated that the additional £500,000 will double the number of school and university scholarships available to women and girls in the most affected flood-affected areas, ensuring that they can continue their education with minimal disruption.
The Scotland Pakistan Scholarship Scheme for Young Women and Girls, which was launched at the end of 2013, aims to provide scholarships to underprivileged girls in Pakistan so that they can attend secondary and higher education British Council doubles scholarships for Pakistani students.
The scheme helps Pakistani women pay for graduate school at any HEC-recognized university in Pakistan. This scholarship is also given to young girls in secondary school (grades 8-12). By providing scholarships to underprivileged secondary school students, this scholarship ensures that the majority of Pakistani girls’ education is not hindered by financial constraints.
The program offers scholarships to students pursuing degrees in education, sustainable energy, agriculture and food security, health sciences, and STEM education (only for Master’s degrees).
Over 1400 young women in Pakistan’s universities stream have benefited from the Scotland Pakistan Scholarship Scheme since its inception in 2013. Over 15,000 schoolchildren have received assistance from the schools stream.
Through the British Council Pakistan, the Scottish Government provides annual funding of £400,000 for a scholarship program for Pakistani women and girls.
The remaining £500,000 will be divided equally between university scholarships (£300,000) and school scholarships (£200,000).