EmpowerU launches 1st academic scholarship

 EmpowerU launches 1st  academic scholarship

Harsha Parchani

PHILIPSBURG--As part of its mission to support Caribbean students with college and career resources, EmpowerU has launched the 2021 EmpowerU Scholars Fund as its first-ever academic scholarship for Caribbean students.

  Winners will be awarded a US $1,000 scholarship as part of tuition assistance at any college or university of their choosing. The application will remain open until August 1.

  Parents and students can learn more about application details, documents required, other free services, college resources and more via EmpowerU’s website: www.empoweru.online/scholarships. Persons with questions or those who are interested in working with EmpowerU, can contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  Founder of EmpowerU, Harsha Parchani said, “Because of our generous donors, we at EmpowerU are able to support the multitude of dreams of our young people by offering scholarship programmes to Caribbean, first generation and minority students. Our scholarships cater towards financing tuition and other academic fees, but we also offer assistance to those that demonstrate deeper financial need.”

  “With limited to no financial opportunities available to Caribbean students, we at EmpowerU hope to bridge this financial gap. In fact, our survey determined that only 38 per cent of Caribbean students felt they had adequate financial opportunities to assist in paying for tertiary education. For many, the large cost of a college education demotivates many young people from continuing their education. We hope that through our scholarship programme, we can reduce the barrier to entry for many minority groups, and help empower the next generation of leaders, innovators, and disruptors,” she said.

  Born and raised in St. Maarten, Parchani is a graduate of Learning Unlimited Preparatory School and University of Michigan with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She is currently an engineer with Microsoft Corporation. She is also a former member of Teen Times.  

 EmpowerU's first-ever academic scholarship is aimed at supporting young Caribbean students pursuing tertiary education (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree). This scholarship is aimed at supporting eligible students with tuition and book fee assistance. The number of winners awarded is based on available funds.

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