Five (5) members of the General Employees’ Co-operative Credit Union Limited (GECCU) were awarded bursaries valued at $3,000.00 each to pursue higher education.
The recipients are Deszon Andrews, Aricia Davis, Emil Dougan, Jamila Gibson and Kwan Stewart.
The annual bursaries were presented to the recipients at a brief ceremony on Wednesday October 20th 2021.
In his remarks, GECCU’s Chief Executive Officer Bro. Rohan J. Stowe stated that the award of bursaries and scholarships is a “reflection of GECCU’s commitment to its social corporate responsibility.” The CEO noted that the credit union is not only interested in providing financial services to those who are marginalized but that the organization is interested “in seeing the communities and their people who are part of the organization develop and grow.”
He added that GECCU is excited to be a part of the programme which was established in 2014 and noted that each time these bursaries are granted, the credit union reflects on the contribution it is making to the society.
The CEO encouraged the recipients to remain focused as they have reached this far through discipline. He also pleaded with the awardees to think not only about how they are benefitting from the program but also how they can make a contribution to other persons who might be in a similar situation.
Remarks were also delivered by Sis. Cecelia J. Williams, Bro. Ronnie Daniel – officials of GECCU, Mrs. Camille Lakhram – Administrative Officer – UWI Open Campus and Mrs. Kay Martin-Jack – Senior Education Officer with responsibility for Secondary Schools.
Bro. Emil Dougan, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree, thanked GECCU on behalf of his fellow recipients.
GECCU has disbursed $157,000 in university bursaries over the last seven (7) years. To date, thirty eight (38) members of the credit union have benefitted from the bursary programme.