The Dominica Cooperative Societies League Inc has awarded four students with scholarships to attend the new academic school year.
They are Charissa George recipient of the Joffre Robinson memorial scholarship and Orladine Dinnard, Jahiem Euzebe and Joshua St Jean who received the Sister Alice scholarship.
The students were given the scholarships at a ceremony held at the League’s office in Roseau on Thursday.
Manager of the League, Aaron Dalrymple said despite its challenges the organization has been able to put $15,000 aside annually towards the education of young people.
He said also that the League intends to collaborate with the Dominica State College to ensure that there is some level of education on cooperatives.
“Very soon we believe of course that the state college will heed to our request in ensuring that there is education in credit unions,” he said.
He encouraged the students to take their education seriously, “and also to give back to the movement.”
Meantime, League Director, Eunie John encouraged students to take care of their books, “go to school and we want great results.”
“We do not want to take the scholarships away from you because of poor performance,” John remarked. “I want to encourage you to do well and we will be looking forward every end of year to see your report cards. Parents I want to encourage you to give support to your children ensure they are well fed to attend school so that they can maximize on their education.”
The Joffre Robinson memorial scholarship is based on merit and is awarded to a qualifying applicant who places highest on the common entrance pass list, while the Sister Alice scholarship is based on need by reason of family circumstances and has not otherwise received a scholarship.
The scholarship will cover 100 percent school fees, examination fees as well as books and stationery, uniform allowance of $250 in the 1st and 3rd year,computer allowance $50 per month (students residing within half-mile radius of the school being attended will not receive commuter allowance).
At the function, Dalrymple also stated that the League has made contributions and assisted persons financially who were displaced by Tropical Storm Erika.
“We are proud to say that the movement, in its contribution to members who suffered following Tropical Storm Erika, contributed just under $1.6-million,” he stated.
He pointed out that the League will continue playing a leading role in the development of Dominica.