A student from Soufriere, who wants to be a doctor, is the first ever recipient of a full scholarship from a New York based non- profit Organization.
Evonna Johnique Renault, a first former of the Convent High School, will receive a five year scholarship from the Dominica-American Relief and Development Association (DARDA) Agatha Shillingford Scholarship fund.
The scholarship will cover school fees, books, transportation, exam fees for subjects approved by the school, uniform allowance and extracurricular activities (sports or music) endorsed by the school.
Speaking to DNO Renault said she is grateful and will strive for excellence because he goal is to become a doctor.
‘I heard about the scholarship when the summer break was close to finishing,” she said. “And when I went to my sister’s work place and she told me I got the scholarship I was so happy I am willing to do my best ….I want to become a Gynecologist’.
She said she is the youngest in a single parent family of five.
Representative of DARDA, Cecilia Mc Inyre said the association is happy to assist Renault and pointed out that the scholarship fund was established to commemorate the outstanding work of Ms. Agatha Shillingford in the area of education in Dominica. She noted that the association will be supporting Renault throughout the program to ensure that she succeeds.
Mc Intyre said the organization has initiated several projects in the past.
“The most rewarding are the annual Christmas toy drive, which yields hundreds of toys for the underprivileged children of Dominica, and The School Supply Drive which provides underprivileged children in Dominica with school supplies for the academic year,” She said.
She stated that in the coming year DARDA will focus on a new initiative of computerizing of Dominica’s libraries.
The Association’s mission are to provide aid to the underprivileged people of Dominica in the areas of health, education and social welfare so as to strengthen their communities, expand opportunities, and enhance their quality of life.
They also aid victims of natural disasters in Dominica and the region, to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Dominica in North America.
The organization was formed on June 28, 1981 by a group of concerned Dominicans living in and around the New York area.