Four students entering secondary school in the new academic year have received full scholarships, courtesy of the Central Cooperative Credit Union (CCCU).
The students are 11-year-old Kimroy Cooke of Goodwill, Tamera Christopher of Portsmouth, Ludovic Robinson of Portsmouth (11) and Najev Francis (11) of Warner.
Cooke will be attending the St. Mary’s Academy and Christopher will go to the Portsmouth Secondary School. Both received the Father Proesman’s Scholarship based on need.
Robinson will be attending the Seventh Day Secondary School and Francis will be a student of the Convent High School. They received the J.B. Eugene Scholarship based on merit.
The presentation of the scholarships took place on Friday morning.
General Manager at the CCCU, Collen Bernabe, said the scholarships will cover school fees, books, CXC and CCSL examination fees, uniform allowance and stationary allowance.
“Each year CCCU offers four scholarships to deserving students, two based on need and two based on merit,” she said. “These scholarships are complete scholarships costing over EC$8,500 per student over the five years.”
Bernabe stated that the CCCU scholarships are offered to keep with the credit union’s goals of education and social responsibility and “it is our way of helping to develop the youth through education.”
“We know the value of education and we also know the cost of it and we know that the parents of the students are extremely appreciative of the scholarship especially in these difficult times,” she said.
She called on the students to work hard.
“We ask all of you students to put every effort into your work at secondary school to make your selves, your parents and the CCCU proud,” Bernabe said.
The students expressed their gratitude and vowed to do their best.