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Columbus teen wins Girls, Inc. national scholarship

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Girls, Inc. for Columbus and Phenix City helps about 1,500 girls every year.  One of those girls got a huge surprise for her success, a scholarship to help her go to college.

It is a place for homework and fun and for 17-year-old Adriana Embus. It has been a second home for the past nine years.

"They have really taught me to be outgoing and be confident in my own self and that I can excel as a leader," says Embus.

On Wednesday night, a close group of family and friends gathered at Girls, Inc. to surprise Embus, a junior at Brookstone School, telling her she was one of ten girls throughout the U.S. and Canada who won a $15,000 scholarship for college from Girls, Inc.

"I'm really excited for this scholarship that will help me succeed in my education, and, one day, give back even more to Girls, Inc," said Embus.

Embus and girls, ages 6 to 18, participate in after-school and summer programs at Girls, Inc.  Executive Director Dorothy Hyatt says they focus on helping girls from low income areas without other resources.

"Research shows, just an example, that girls who participate in sports are less likely to get pregnant, are less likely to drop out of school, are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. And, so, that's true across the board," said Hyatt.

Now, a little closer to her goal of Princeton or Vanderbilt, Embus wants to be a role model for younger girls.

"Coming from a low income family myself, I would say that please don't lose hope, and that through Girls, Inc. and all the other programs that are out there.  You can go through the world and make a difference," said Embus.

It only costs $20 for girls to participate for the entire school year at Girls Inc. 

So, if you are interested in getting your daughter involved you can contact Girls, Inc. in Columbus at (706) 683-0809 or visit them at 3535 Levy Road in Columbus.  You can also visit their website at www.girlsinc-columbus.org.

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