The University continues its philanthropic efforts as it begins a decade-long scholarship program designed to benefit academically gifted students from the Caribbean. Beginning Spring 2007, the Caribbean Visionary Scholarship Program will reward the best and brightest students in the region with 100 scholarships for undergraduate degrees within the School of Arts and Sciences.
St. George’s recently announced the names of the first four recipients; impressive young men and women selected from a competitive pool of over 30 applicants. The selection was based on the applicant’s performance on the Caribbean’s standardized external exam, CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate). Only students with a converted Grade Point Average of 3.5 and above were considered
Of the four students, three are residents of Grenada. Michelle John is 17 years old, was born in the US but resides in Grenada. She attended St. Joseph’s Convent in St. Andrew’s and plans to study Management Information Systems at SGU. Gervette Penny is a 16-year-old native Grenadian who attended Anglican High School. She plans to study Life Sciences at St. George’s. Rishi Karnani is 17, was born in Barbados and resides in Grenada. He attended Westmorland High School and will be studying Business. These three students enrolled in January. Reva Sharma is 18, was born in Guyana, resides in the Bahamas and attended St. Anne’s High School. She will be studying Liberal Studies with a specialization in Political Sciences. Reva will be joining SGU in August.
St. George’s recognizes the immediate need to nurture and encourage those individuals whose innate talents and determination will chart the future course of the region. This program is designed to complement the already existing, need-based CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP) offered by the University.
Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning, comments, “The Caribbean Visionary Scholarship is an opportunity for CARICOM citizens to transform themselves as they achieve a tertiary education and, in turn, to transform the Caribbean with their future endeavors.”
SGU is blanketing local and regional media with the news of this program. It is the hope of the University that the Ministers of Government throughout the Caribbean will assist in assuring that this opportunity is accessible to all worthy students throughout the next 10 years.
For more information on the Caribbean Visionary Scholarship, please visit the School of Arts and Sciences Financial Aid section of the University website.