Red Stripe awards centennial scholarships

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Red Stripe awards centennial scholarships

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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In the grand scheme of things, $100,000 is not a whole lot of money when you are contemplating higher education, but for a university student from a modest background, it can be a lifeline. The University of the West Indies (UWI) second-year student, Andrae Bogle was among seven recipients of scholarships of $100,000 each from the Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation — and for him it means the ability to fully repay his student loan.

“I am proud to be one of the first recipients of this scholarship, especially since it considers students who are in unconventional degree programmes,” says Bogle who is studying horticulture and economics. Bogle shared that he has faced great difficulty while trying to pursue his academic career. “Tertiary education is hard for truly poor students, especially in terms of acquiring food and necessary supplies. We should not be burdened by debt immediately after toiling through university.”

Chairman of the D&G Foundation Noel DaCosta said that in interviewing the candidates he discovered that while many tuition grants are available, those that help with living expenses are especially scarce. “This is why we opened up the scholarships to cover living expenses and for things like meals and books,” explained DaCosta.

The D&G Foundation scholarships were awarded to students of the UWI Mona Campus and Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMU) as part of Red Stripe's '100 For A Century' campaign, in honour of the company's 100th anniversary in 2018.

In keeping with its mission to make meaningful contributions to communities, the beer company decided to celebrate its centenary by giving 100 gifts to Jamaican causes and communities, rather than stage a grand celebration.

“Over the last 100 years, D&G has become a household name, and we thought it would be fitting for us to give back to Jamaicans who have helped the business to grow,” said DaCosta.

Among the other UWI students who benefited from the scholarships are third year Experimental Biology student, Shinell Gordon; third year Plant Biology student, Anicia McFarlane; and Anthony Bryan who is studying Electronics.

Fourth year International Shipping student, Danielle Eccleston leads the group of scholarship awardees from the CMU. The others include third-year customs processes freight forwarding and immigration student, Kemonie Jones; and logistics and supply chain management student, Tonian Trowers.

Declaring that the grant will allow her to become the first in her family to graduate from university, Trowers is encouraging other students to actively seek scholarship opportunities and stay motivated. “Every year I face the uncertainty of financing my education. I experienced many challenges, but financial limitations were the worst. I managed to get through with the help of God,” she said.

Shana Hastings, manager of UWI's Office of Student Undergraduate Financing, believes “the scholarship will motivate students to do well and is an accolade they can share with their families and supporters”.

In offering advice to his peers, Bogle said, “Never let your circumstances deter you from trying to achieve tertiary education; the opportunities are there for those who are looking. And perhaps more importantly, do not let the doubt of others in the viability of your field of study stop you from pursuing it. Be the pioneer, the innovator in that field, and continue with your passion. Others will support and respect you for it.”

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