The following annoucement was made by Ching Tien earlier this month.
“The Ching Tien Foundation for Women identifies and develops the next generation of female leaders by providing promising young women from Asia with scholarships opportunities to pursue graduate studies and professional training in a global setting. Our programs are designed for scholarship recipients to develop the mindset, confidence and skills to become leaders for tomorrow.
In recent decades, Asian economies have become increasingly dynamic. But gender inequality remains deeply entrenched in Asian culture and impedes the development of women leaders. In particular, women from underprivileged communities lack access to higher education and global exposure that can transform them into leaders and role models.
The Ching Tien Foundation for Women builds on the legacy of Educating Girl of Rural China (EGRC). EGRC was a grassroots Canadian charity that operated in rural Western China for 18 years. From 2005 to 2023, EGRC supported over 2,000 young rural Chinese women with financial sponsorship and emotional support to complete high school and university education, achieving a graduation rate of over 99%.
In addition to supporting women from China, the Ching Tien Foundation supports women from other Asian countries. Scholarships recipients undertake social impact projects, receive mentorship and soft skills training, and are encouraged to envision plans to give back to their communities. Our programs require scholarship recipients to seek out hands-on experience in the areas of leadership, social impact and cross-cultural communications.
Ching Tien, the founder of EGRC and the Ching Tien Foundation for Women, is a social entrepreneur and globally recognized advocate for empowering women through education. She grew up in China during a politically tumultuous time and did not have the opportunity to complete her education. After moving to Canada and witnessing her own children grow up with opportunities she never had, Ching became passionate about creating educational opportunities for young women. Her belief is that educated women have educated children, and educating women is the fundamental way to target global challenges and build better societies for all.”
📸 The Ching Tien Foundation for Women