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Westpac announces Women’s Education Grants winners

Westpac yesterday announced the round three winners of its Westpac Women’s Education Grants, which offer financial assistance to primary school, high school or secondary college girls and women studying at a tertiary institution or working women who wish to return to study.

The round three winning category prizes are two Vt50,000 primary school grants, two Vt50,000 high school or secondary college grants and two Vt150,000 grants for tertiary school women or workers who returning to study. Judges selected winners on the quality, imagination and creativity of their responses to the following question: “Which girl, women, past or present inspires you and why?”

The round three Westpac Women’s Education Grant winners are: Samantha Antfalo from Vila East Primary school, Jayline Kalsuak from the Child Care Centre, Danny Bebe and Charlyn Charlie from Tebakor College, Prinalyn Livo and Sharon Rose Loli who are pursuing further studies at USP, Emalus Campus.

These grants reflect Westpac’s belief that education has the power to transform lives by empowering women and girls to achieve their goals, according to Jeffrey Byrne, Regional General Manager, Westpac Pacific Island Nations.

“This can have a powerful effect on other women, in encouraging them to believe that they can fulfil their aspirations, whatever they may be,” he said. “Continuing education is one way we think we can make a better future for our communities and help families pay for their children’s fees. We’re continuing our Grants program as a way to address this.”

Westpac’s Pacific operations cover the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. There are more than 50 Westpac branches and agencies and 82 ATMs throughout the Pacific.