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Manchester students win places on leadership scheme

10 Jul 2009

Two University of Manchester students have won places on a scheme which will help them develop their leadership skills to help poorer communities in Manchester.

Dawn Hart and Bolaji Elegbe
Dawn Hart and Bolaji Elegbe

Social sciences student Dawn Hart and Bolaji Elegbe, a Mathematics undergraduate, were awarded undergraduate places on the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders network this week.

The network is designed to broaden access to education and pass on learning and leadership skills in management and business, finance, engineering, technology, and the sciences.

Scholarship holders are from low-income backgrounds, who have demonstrated academic excellence.

It is run in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), a leading not-for-profit international education organisation. 

Each student is awarded £6,000 over two years as part of the programme.

They participate in a three-day Leadership Development Programme, which provides intensive workshops to develop business skills such as leadership, communication and career planning.

They also take part in community projects  and shadow a leader from one of GE’s UK businesses.

Dawn Hart said: "I see this programme as an exceptional opportunity for development in my personal and professional life."

Bolaji Elegbe said: "The GE Foundation Scholar-Leader Programme has given me a great opportunity , setting me on the path to success."

Dawn and Bolaji received their award thus week from Mark Elborne, President and CEO, GE UK and Ireland, along with congratulatory remarks by Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive of STEMNET. 

Mark Elborne commented, "Education projects have always been a priority for the GE Foundation because a good education helps people of all ages to broaden their horizons and fulfil their potential.

"This scholarship programme is a good example of the Foundation's global initiatives.

"Another important feature of the programme is that it encourages awardees to actively participate in the community, reflecting GE's own commitment to being a good corporate citizen."

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