Two more awards this year have brought to 49 the total number of scholarships which have been given by the Dominica Cooperative Societies League over the past 28 years. Since 1986, the League has donated twenty-eight merit-based scholarships named after credit union pioneer, Joffre Robinson and from 1994, twenty-one based on need, in the name of sister Alicia de Tremerie, founder of the credit union movement in Dominica.
This year Donyelle Precious Riviere of the St. Martin Primary School is the 2014 awardee of the Joffre Robinson scholarship and Shania Thomas of the Petite Soufriere Primary School is the recipient of the sister Alicia scholarship.
The Scholarship covers school fees, books & stationery, uniform allowance of $250 in the 1st and 3rd year, examination fees and a commuter allowance of $50 per month for students residing outside of a ½ mile radius of the school.
League officials say that for the academic year 2014, the league spent over $8600 in funding scholarships.
“For this new school year we have spent in excess of $2500.00 on text books alone. This total does not include one partial scholarships sponsored by the League to a student who will be attending the Dominica State College in September, namely in the person of Julien Ferguson, past student from the Castle Bruce Secondary School, based on her significant involvement in the Credit Unionette, she will be attending the Dominica State College,” states a release from the League.
“The League takes its Social Responsibility very seriously and hence reason for investing in the young minds who are the future leaders of the Movement,” the release adds.