Dominican granted ECCB’s Thomas De La Rue Currency Scholarship


Dominica’s Stephanie Astaphan is the latest recipient of the ECCB’s the 2010 Thomas De La Rue Currency Scholarship, and will be pursuing a degree in International Economics and International Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

The St. Kitts based Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), in collaboration with the Thomas De La Rue Group PLC announced the £9,300 per annum presentation recently.

Astaphan is already an accomplished academic holding a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics and Economics from USA’s Middlebury College, in Vermont.

She also holds high honours for her research on dependency relations within the Caribbean and is renowned for her keen interest in development economics, particularly in the formulation of sustainable public policy tailored to the Caribbean circumstances.

De La Rue Group PLC is the authorised printer of the EC dollar. The scholarship is awarded every two years to a citizen of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to pursue post-graduate studies in Economics at any campus of the University of the West Indies.

Eligible applicants must have at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree and be committed to working in the Caribbean after completion of postgraduate studies.

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  1. spari
    August 22, 2010

    This is an admirable accomplishment. Congratulations!!!

    However, it saddens me to see that most scholarship are given to the wealthy in Dominica. There are so many bright students on the island who will never get to shine because they do not have the monetary resources. Here in America, I act as the liasion to the scholarship committee and most recipients are choosen, not only on thier academic performance but also thier level of financial hardship. One day, I am going to create a scholarship program for student in Dominica and follow the same criteria. I have already spoken to the my organizations’ scholarship chairman to help me in working out the logistics. This is one of the things I would love to pursue and a way to give back to my country.

    This is not to condemn the recipient of this scholarship.. I am very proud that a fellow Dominican has been bestowed this wonderful opportunity. I am just say… I see a pattern with when it comes to selecting winners. Just saying…

  2. deep-in-thought
    August 21, 2010

    Stephanie, Power to you WOMAN, I wish you all the very best in your every endeavor. Jah Bless!!!

  3. Celus
    August 21, 2010

    @stupes: Your negativity is astonishing!!! I wonder how far you got in school; i bet you had alot of failures of your own making and want to project your sorry outlook on others who didn’t mess up their life like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2010


  5. Chrisy
    August 21, 2010

    Congrats Stephie! So excited to hear this. So proud of you.

  6. valda Bruno-Durand
    August 20, 2010


  7. stupes
    August 20, 2010

    yea … Call me when she puts all those titles to good use.

  8. Patat
    August 20, 2010

    But wait, those other Syrians in Dominica not that bright man. Only money they can check!! lol

    Young lady hurry up fast and come and help Skerrit please.

  9. slim gal 222
    August 20, 2010

    so proud of you!!

  10. Proud
    August 20, 2010

    CHS girls are the best!!!!!!! Congrats Stephanie

  11. Concerned
    August 20, 2010

    Congrats. great job

  12. Neg San L'agen CB
    August 20, 2010

    I’m next. I heard from the islet news that my application is being considered. I will be granted a sholarship to study Dominicans.

    Yes, the degree will be a PHD.

  13. Anti-hate
    August 20, 2010

    Bright young lady

  14. Welldone
    August 20, 2010

    Congratulations young lady. Well done. I wish you god’s blessing.

  15. Learn to reason
    August 20, 2010

    Congrats!! I know you’ll excel in this new venture!

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