Two receive full-time scholarships to attend DSC

Scholarship recipients
Scholarship recipients Garner Harris and Vada Roberts

For the first time, two students have been awarded full scholarships to pursue studies at the Dominica State College (DSC).

One scholarship was presented on behalf of WHITCO Inc. while the other was given in memory of the late Elkin Bernard Henry.

Vada Roberts a former student of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School received the WHITCO Inc. Scholarship, while ‘The Elkin Bernard Henry Memorial Scholarship’ was awarded to Garner Harris, a past student of the St Mary’s Academy.

The scholarships were presented at the launching ceremony of the annual WHITCO Inc. DSC Scholarship Program held at the DSC conference room on Thursday.

It expected that these scholarships will be offered annually to two students over a five year period.

Eliud Williams
Eluid Williams

Director of WHITCO Inc, Eluid Williams, while addressing the ceremony, revealed that the value of the scholarship is $6635 for a two-year Associate Degree in business administration or entrepreneurship.

“What we did there, is pay the college in respect of their first year tuition which is $1817,” he said.

The students were each, also presented with a cheque amounting to $1500 towards books, allowances and transportation for their first year, “so next year the same amounts will be repeated and there will be two new scholars.”

Williams told the recipients that these scholarships come with responsibilities.

“You will be required to work diligently if you are to retain the scholarships,” he stated. “You will be required to maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.75…and we expect you to do that consistently.”

He added, “Recently I was reminded by a member of our family that I once said, once you have set a standard you can’t lower it, you can only take it higher…So there is one place for you these top CXC business students and that way is to move up.”

He urged the scholars to embrace the opportunity and thereby make themselves, the institute and parents proud.

Both students thanked the Henry family for providing them with the opportunity to further their education.

Meantime, Director of Student Services, Edgar Hunter, said at the Dominica State College is very excited that WHITCO Inc. came along to present these scholarships and hopes it continues.

He also took the opportunity to call on other members of the business community to follow the lead of WHITCO Inc. and make a contribution.

“Because we have a number of bright young people at the Dominica State College, but some of them are undergoing financial difficulty,” Hunter said. “Some people are still getting back from Tropical Storm Erika; we had over 100 students being affected directly from Tropical Storm Erika.”

“So we are asking the business communities to follow the lead of WHITCO and to contribute by giving scholarships to our students,” he added.

The late Elkin Bernard Henry was born on 20th, August 1923. He served as a member of parliament from 1957 to 1970. He was a former Minister of Labour and Social Services and also a former Minister of Education in Dominica. He also taught at the St Mary’s Academy.

Henry died in 2005.

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13 Comments

  1. Tina Alexander
    August 27, 2016

    Grab the opportunity Garner…..folks this young man is a talented photographer, contact him to upgrade your website…..we will see more of him.

    Agencies that broker the sales of passports are paid US$10,000 per passport . Hope all of them follow suit. Many many students stop their associate degree courses part way through for want of funds. Great example WHITCO.

    • EnfantDiable
      August 28, 2016

      Tina, At US$10,000 commission per passport then the grants from WHITCO Company Ltd. who have been agents for a number of years cannot be considered generous at all. The Kempinsky Hotel who are also passport dealers gave $50,0000! I wish to amend my comments accordingly.

  2. Tell the Facts
    August 26, 2016

    Congratulations to the students. Confidence is placed in you to do your best. I have no doubt that you will.
    Thanks to WHITCO Inc. for helping a student to strive for her educational goal.
    I remember Mr.Elkin Henry. He was a highly intelligent man and devoted to his country. His memory will live on in the scholarships. This is a great way to remember him.
    RIP. Long live your memory. God bless your soul.

  3. woop woop
    August 26, 2016

    yes garner. niceness. congrats

  4. shay
    August 26, 2016

    Congratulations to you both! Make the best of it.

  5. Moi
    August 26, 2016

    Great job Whitco!! Congratulations to the recipients. Work hard and you will reap the benefits. All the best.

  6. TS Erika
    August 26, 2016

    oh so is a new style in town…………………………..everywhere that have DA passports selling suddenly giving out scholarships to distract the public from raising questions as to why DA passports are everywhere and all about , in the hands of criminals and even devalued. the day DCANS decide to stand for their country it might just be too late. ……………………………… WOOLEH KOR ZOR

    • shay
      August 26, 2016

      You would well glad if your child got a full scholarship…..if you are not here to congratulate the students just SHUT UP!

  7. Dominica's Future
    August 26, 2016

    RIP Uncle. May your stoic eloquence and passion for learning live on through these avenues of support for education. Proud of the Henry family for carrying on his legacy. Awardees you have been granted a lesson that few are seemingly inclined to follow. Don’t be like the crowd. Fly as the state flag on top of the pole. Excellence always. Aim for forever the sky isn’t your limit.

  8. upward movement
    August 25, 2016

    congrats ITSS student make us proud

  9. EnfantDiable
    August 25, 2016

    Those who criticize WHITCO Company Ltd for being specially selected sales agent under the Passport Sales Programme should now commend them for these generous grants!

  10. Sylvester Cadette
    August 25, 2016

    Great Corporate Citizenship by WHITCO in providing these scholarships, especially in the areas of business administration or entrepreneurship.

    I am also very encouraged and will embrace this quote: “Recently I was reminded by a member of our family that I once said, once you have set a standard you can’t lower it, you can only take it higher…

    thanks for the inspiration

  11. LifeandDeath
    August 25, 2016

    good Job, Great initiative!!

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