BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – TWO young women were the successful recipients of the 2019 Michael L. King Scholarship Grant provided by the TDC Group of Companies.
Sherise McKoy and Kadencia Liburd are both currently registered at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus undertaking their Undergraduate Degrees in Mathematics and Accounting, and Social Work respectively.
The two young women were awarded a onetime sum of US$5,000 each towards their studies, and TDC’s Chairman Earle Kelly implored them to return to St. Kitts and Nevis to further develop the Federation with their skills.
Kelly noted that in the past, many students who were awarded grants and were successful in their studies had remained in North America.
He also stated that those students are currently building the countries in which they reside.
“We always try to encourage people to come back. If you don’t come back, we are not going to punish you to return the grant,” he added.
This year, the Grant Committee received 30 applications; 19 of them were from St. Kitts and 11 from Nevis, which included 21 females.
Deputy Chief Education Officer, Debbie Issac commended the effort the company is making to ensure that the financial constraints the students are facing would not affect their focus towards the end goal.
“This grant is really something that is welcoming,” she stressed.
To date, the programme has assisted 45 persons from St. Kitts and Nevis, who were desirous of undertaking fulltime undergraduate studies, with a total of US$225, 000 in grants.
Sharelene Mckoy-Belle expressed a sense of gratitude for the effort of the Committee in recognising her daughter, Sherise, who is currently in Jamaica.
“It has been a joy for her just to know that she has been accepted. This generosity of the financial grant has released a heavy burden off of her, allowing her to achieve success,” the mother said.
Meanwhile, Liburd was also elated to have received the scholarship grant.
“Surely this scholarship will definitely be beneficial to me completing and aspiring to complete my degree, instead of me worrying about the financing and where I am going to get the money to finish….I am very grateful for it.”