Another twelve students were last Wednesday presented with their first installment of a five -year scholarship, compliments the VincyCares Inc.
The disbursements took place at the Methodist Church Hall in Kingstown, with the recipients being Juarez Baptiste, Thais Sutherland, Rozzian Thomas, Sadie Ann Robertson, Mya Lavia, Glennique May, Nasari Nash, Matthew Williams, Keshonna Da Breo, Vanessa Mason, Lynika Haynes and Jay Laidlow.
Drawn from different communities of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the scholarship winners, who will each receive US$600.00 annually, are set to attend the Thomas Saunders Secondary School, Girls’ High School, Sandy Bay Secondary, the St Vincent Grammar School, the Bishop’s College Kingstown and the Canouan Secondary School.
The successful twelve emerged from a list of applicants who were interviewed virtually last week, before the final selections were made.
Speaking on behalf of VincyCares Inc. at last Wednesday’s ceremony, Dahlia Ann Howard- Lewis, one of the founding members said: “We are extremely pleased of the work we have been able to accomplish with the generous help of our donors and supporters, both Vincentians living abroad and friends of St Vincent and the Grenadines over the years.”
Addressing the students, Howard- Lewis implored: “My simple words of encouragement to you students, is to make use of the opportunity you have been given … Be focused and motivated and make a decision to do well. This is a difficult season for all of us, school as you know it has changed … I pray that soon things would return to what we know as normal.”
The new lot of students join the twenty already on scholarship, bringing the total number of active scholarships to thirty- two.
Since the scholarship offers began in 2010, forty-one students have been the beneficiaries.
VincyCares Inc. which was founded in 2009, began their philanthropic work with making donations of supplies to the Sandy Bay Primary School.