Ministry of Education hosts 1st Scholarship Award Ceremony of the year

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:29 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, January 29, 2014 – GIS: “The wealth of any nation lies in its human resource,” were words from the Education Minister at the 1st Scholarship Award Ceremony for 2014 held at the Public Workers Union building on January 28, 2014.

32 students received scholarships to pursue Pre-Medical, Medical and Undergraduate Arts and Sciences Degrees at St. George’s University.

Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, congratulated the awardees for their accomplishments and encouraged them to strive for academic excellence; stressing the significance of the ‘scholar’ in scholarship.

The Education Minister also addressed the issue of low grades and the Ministry’s stance on setting entry requirements for schools and for scholarships.

“We have agreed that from now on, the qualifying benchmark for obtaining a scholarship to the Arts and Science Department will be a GPA of 3.0. No one with a lower GPA, regardless of your financial status, will qualify for such a scholarship. We have to maintain standards,” Minister Boatswain said.

“Last year we took a stand with regard to entry into our secondary schools. There were students in the primary school getting an average of 20 to 25 percent who were going through to secondary school. That can’t happen, not in this competitive environment. Therefore if we take a stand to lift the bar for those entering secondary school then we also have to lift the bar for those entering university.”

Hon. Clarice Modeste, Minister for Health and Social Security, spoke to the scholarship recipients about the importance of the investment being made into their education and the need for them to contribute to Grenada.

“We know the importance of our human resources and we know the value for yourself, for your family, for your community and the importance for your country. I just want to ensure that you are cognizant of that fact and we count on you to carry on and to take the baton and run with it. To excel in what you do, but most importantly, in addition to the GPA, that you are out there on the field working for Grenada. Please, I beg of you, we need each one of you in the service,” Minister Modeste said.

Scholarship recipient, Precilla Barry, reflected on her experience throughout the application process for the scholarship. She said that her good grades gave her the confidence to perform well before the selection committee.

“Facing a panel of more than 3 persons, I was a bit nervous at first but I approached it with confidence and that helped me, along with having good grades. This helped me to get through the process easily, or at least easier than I thought it was going to be.”

Last year, 158 scholarships were awarded at a value of approximately 25.948 million dollars. Of these scholarships, St. George’s University awarded 32 totaling 6.498 million dollars.





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