Hanover Charities gives $37 million in scholarships, grants

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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ROUND HILL, Hanover — The Hanover Charities presented a record $37 million in grants and scholarships at its annual grant ceremony at Round Hill Hotel and Villas a week ago.

The 2016 annual and general grants accounted for some $23 million of the allocations, while over $14 million was set aside for the 125 mostly tertiary students who were the recipients of the Morris/Watkis Memorial Scholarships.

"In our 16th year of this scholarship programme, Hanover Charities will award 125 students, 35 more than last year. And there are many success stories. For example, Paul Fraser, who is now a pilot, and Shantell Brissett, who graduated with honours last year in medicine whilst overcoming great personal obstacles," chair of Hanover Charities Katrin Casserly remarked.

The charity organisation, which is a year shy of its 60th year of existence, was able to provide grants and scholarships from the record $44 million proceeds raised in February at its annual fundraiser — the Sugar Cane Ball at Round Hill.

Casserly expressed gratitude to the members of the charity organisation who worked assiduously to ensure that the fund-raising event turned out to be the success it was.

"I am extremely proud to report that we raised yet another record amount of over $44 million in just one weekend, an increase of $14 million over last year. It is increasingly difficult to raise funds, especially in an election year, and as such this achievement has made us even more proud. The hard work and commitment of this journey to help others by our board members, fund-raising committee members, and volunteers have indeed paid off once again," she exclaimed.

Meanwhile, third time Morris/Watkis Memorial Scholarship awardee Adion Sutherland, a final-year medical student at the University of the West Indies, sung high praises for Hanover Charities.

"Being a final-year student is very pressuring given that now you have to pull on all your knowledge from the past five years in the journey of medical school. Knowing that you have some alleviation from financial stresses with scholarship efforts like these helps you to focus more and channel more of your effort and brain space on studying and getting the work done in an efficient way. I want to thank Hanover Charities for finding my application worthy of consideration," said Sutherland.

To qualify for the Morris/Watkis Memorial Scholarship students must hail from Hanover. Recipients have to maintain a GPA of above 2.8 to be a repeat recipient.

"It is our hope and your duty that you will serve your parish one day and will be able to give back," the Hanover Charities chair remarked.

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