One of the top students in this year’s National Assessment exams is the recipient of a full scholarship based on merit from the Dominica Cooperative Societies League.
Makayla Bedneau of Salisbury, who tied for the fifth place in the 2013 National Assessment Exams, received the Joffre Robinson Scholarship and will attend the Convent High School.
Amymie Philbert received the 2013 Sister Alicia scholarship based on need.
They were awarded their scholarships during a brief ceremony earlier this week.
Speaking to DNO, Training & Marketing Officer at the Dominica Cooperative Societies League, Kytura George-Nation, said the society has spent over EC$8,000 on scholars in the 2013 academic year.
“For the academic year 2013 the league spent over $8255.35,” she explained. “For this new school year we have spent in excess of $2124.74 on text books alone.”
She mentioned that in addition to the two full scholarships, the society has awarded two partial scholarships as well.
The recepients are Romancia C. Burton of the Convent High School and Verlina Maximea of the Castle Bruce Secondary School. Both will be attending the Dominica State College in September.
George-Nation said presently the league is servicing 10 full scholarships which include school fees, books and stationery, uniform allowance of $250 for the first and the third year. It also includes commuting and examination fees.
She said the scholarships are a way of keeping the credit union movement active.
“The credit union movement is about people helping people, and we want to encourage people to save, to be thrift,” she said.
The Dominica Co-operative Societies League, began its scholarship programme in 1986 during which one scholarship was awarded to a student based on merit. The scholarship was named after credit union pioneer, Joffre Robinson. To date the league has awarded 27 full scholarships based on merit.
In 1994 the Sister Alicia Jubilee Scholarship, based on need, was introduced.
Sister Alicia was the founder of the credit union movement in Dominica. To date 20 full scholarships have been awarded in her honor.