Twelve students attending the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) have been awarded EC$1, 000 scholarships by the Grenada Union of Teachers G.U.T. Cooperative Credit Union Ltd. (GUTCU) to assist with their tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Eleven first year students were awarded one-year scholarships while the other recipient was Kenda St. Louis, the top-performing student from 2015 to assist with the completion of her final year at the college.
President of the GUTCU Board of Directors, Andre Martin made the presentations during a brief ceremony held last week Thursday at the Horizon Plaza on St. John’s Street, St. George’s.
Students can become eligible for further assistance by maintaining a Grade Point Average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 in keeping with the rules of the programme, which extends the opportunity to all awardees meeting the criteria for a second year scholarship.
In addressing the 2016 awardees, Martin encouraged them to strive for excellence,” noting that,“Education, as we know it, is the means that elevates us from poverty.”
He reminded the recipients that they are “required to submit progress reports to the GUTCU every semester”.
“We expect you, as the old adage says, to lift your parents nose, but more so we expect you to remain focused on your goals and overcome the inevitable challenges associated with tertiary education,” he told the recipients, who were selected from out of a total of 42 applicants for this year’s scholarships.
According to Martin, members of the GUTCU Education Committee and the Marketing Department carefully selected the awardees through “a rigorous and thoughtful process” based on their academic performance, financial needs and an essay that had to be submitted outlining their goals.
The scholarship programme, which commenced in 2012, is part of the G.U.T. Credit Union’s commitment to supporting the higher education of youths throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique after they would have completed their secondary school education.
Since its inception, a total of 89 students have benefitted from the scholarship programme.
As part of its continued support for the educational development of the nation’s youth, the GUTUC has also contributed a Caribbean Primary Exit Exam (CPEA) grant of EC$300 to 135 families this year.
To date approximately EC$36, 000 has been given in support to CPEA beneficiaries.
The credit union is also currently piloting a junior financial co-operative in three secondary schools with the expectation that the movement will be facilitated in all 22 secondary schools within the island.
Financial seminars were also held during the school vacation to help students learn more about financial management.