Local High School Student Selected as Girls Inc. National Scholar


Philadelphia, PA (February 20, 2018) – Jasmine Powell, a member of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey and student at The Shipley School has been chosen as a 2018 Girls Inc. National Scholar and awarded a $20,000 Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright scholarship.  She was selected for her outstanding academic achievements, community service work, and dedication to the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.  Jasmine is one of 23 Girls Inc. National Scholars selected in 2018 from across the United States and Canada.

Jasmine is a graduating senior and honors student at The Shipley School. She is a science, history, and culture enthusiast and aspires to be a surgeon. Besides maintaining a rigorous all-honors academic curriculum throughout high school, Jasmine actively leads and is involved in many activities. Jasmine has been a member of The Shipley School’s student government Executive Council and Judicial Board for all four years of high school, co-President of the DECA business club, co-captain of the varsity field hockey team, co-captain of the varsity lacrosse team, and co-President of The Shipley School’s Black Students’ Union.

Jasmine has been involved with Girls Inc. since middle school and deepened her passion for STEM during her years of participation in programming. She is now a member of the Ambassador Club and mentors STEM GEMS in the third through fifth grades. She was accepted early decision to Brown University and will be one of 96 incoming freshmen to participate in the school’s prestigious Program in Liberal Medicine Education (PLME), an eight-year combined baccalaureate/M.D. program. Upon notification of the scholarship, Jasmine’s mother Denise said, “Thank you so much to the entire Girls Inc. family! We are overjoyed and thankful for all that Girls Inc. has done to help Jasmine evolve and develop over the years. It takes a village to raise a child and I’m so excited you are all part of our village. Words can’t explain the joy and appreciation I feel.”

The Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright Scholarship program was created in 1992, when the female pilot and long-time supporter gave a bequest for scholarships for young women. Since 1993, more than $5.9 million in scholarships have made post-secondary education more accessible to over 781 high school women and has inspired them to succeed in school and consider a broad range of career possibilities.

About Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

Founded in 1961 as Teen Aid, Inc. and affiliated with Girls Inc. since 2002, our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We achieve this mission by addressing the unique needs of girls ages 6-18 through research-based programs, advocacy, education, and the development of mentoring relationships. Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey serves over 2,200 girls annually.