To celebrate the impact of St. George’s University’s Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship program, which commemorates 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, SGU welcomed The Queen’s daughter – Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne – to a special meet-and-greet ceremony with scholarship recipients on Wednesday, September 30.
The Princess Royal is visiting the region as part of the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD), held under this year’s theme, “Leading Through Innovation and Transformation.” At Tuesday’s ceremony, Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship recipients Rochelle Gourzong (Jamaica), Juliet Enow (Cameroon), and Yavani Choudree (South Africa) joined Dr. Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University; Dr. The Right Honorable Keith B. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada; Dr. Calum Macpherson, Director, Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF); and Mr. Trevor Noel, Deputy Director, WINDREF, in greeting The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen.
“We are honored to welcome The Princess Royal to the True Blue campus to meet with these most deserving scholarship recipients,” Chancellor Modica said. “Identifying and educating future leaders in health care, veterinary medicine, and many other fields has been at the core of the Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship program since its inception, and we look forward to seeing the positive influence that these students will make in their communities as a result of this opportunity.”
CCELD’s two-week, in-field dialogue features five stops in Canada and five more in the Caribbean. This year’s initiative aims to strengthen leadership capacity to create more sustainable companies, institutions, and communities. According to its mission, the Dialogue “guarantees a profound personal experience, expanding the participants’ knowledge of fundamental global and local issues and giving insight into the thinking of top leaders throughout both regions.”
St. George’s University launched the Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship program in 2012, awarding 60 full-tuition scholarships, one for each of The Queen’s 60-year reign, in an effort to make tertiary education possible for top scholars from Commonwealth countries. The scholarships will be divided among applicants for the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Master of Public Health, Arts and Sciences, and Master of Business Administration programs, with a combined value of US $3.5 million. All together, SGU has drawn its students and faculty from 140 countries, and graduated more than 15,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, public health and business professionals.