EPIC-Guyana grants stu­dent re­turn to UG on full schol­ar­ship

Stabroek News Sunday - - WORLD NEWS - By Mariah Lall

A young wo­man is now one step closer to ob­tain­ing her Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies af­ter an in­tended job in­ter­view re­sulted in her be­ing granted a full schol­ar­ship to the Uni­ver­sity of Guyana (UG).

This is the for­tune that has be­fallen 20-year-old Can­dacey Leann Glen, who had gone to the of­fice of EPIC-Guyana, a local Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO), for a job in­ter­view.

Glen, a for­mer stu­dent of the West De­mer­ara Sec­ondary School, ex­plained that in 2015, she was purs­ing stud­ies at UG in the field of Med­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy. How­ever, due to press­ing fi­nan­cial con­straints, she was forced to put her stud­ies on hold.

Two years later, with some en­cour­age­ment from a friend, the young wo­man ap­plied for a job at EPICGuyana with the main goal of work­ing and sav­ing for her uni­ver­sity fees.

How­ever, Glen got more than she expected at the job in­ter­view last week, when EPIC’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Brian Backer of­fered her a full schol­ar­ship to pur­sue her stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Guyana.

“I came here with the in­ten­tion of get­ting a job but while talk­ing to Mr. Brian it just changed from a job in­ter­view to me get­ting a schol­ar­ship to get back into UG… I was re­ally over­whelmed be­cause I was sit­ting here think­ing this guy is go­ing to ask me all these ques­tions and I told him I was go­ing to UG and I had to stop. He asked me about my grades at school and I showed him my cer­tifi­cates,” she shared.

“He con­tin­ued by ask­ing if I was to get a schol­ar­ship to go to UG would I jump out and take up the op­por­tu­nity and I said yes. He asked me for a few min­utes to call some­one on the phone, and be­fore I knew it, he was telling me that they are giv­ing me a schol­ar­ship to go to UG. At that time, it was like all the blood drained from my body be­cause it was like I came for one thing and was leav­ing with some­thing else… It’s been three years since I came out of school and I have been try­ing to study but it’s like ev­ery time I tried, some­thing keeps block­ing me. So, for some­thing like this to hap­pen, it’s just re­ally amaz­ing…this just takes a re­ally big bur­den off of me,” Glen added.

Com­ment­ing on her de­ci­sion to switch ar­eas of study, Glen said though she had taken a lik­ing to En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies while in high school, her par­ents were not very sup­port­ive of her choice, and so she had de­cided that Med­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy was the next best thing for her.

“With this schol­ar­ship I now have the op­por­tu­nity to do what I want to do,” the young wo­man shared.

Ac­cord­ing to Glen, she has already signed the con­tract and is hope­ful of en­rolling in the uni­ver­sity pro­gramme Jan­uary or 2018.

Mean­while, Backer told Stabroek News said that af­ter hear­ing of Glen’s in­ter­est in en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence, cou­pled with the grades she pre­sented to him, he felt that EPIC spon­sor­ing her uni­ver­sity stud­ies was a “no brainer.”

In ad­di­tion to this, Backer dis­closed to Glen, who is also a hockey player, that she will be the ben­e­fi­ciary of one year free gym mem­ber­ship, com­pli­ments of Space Gym, much to the young wo­man’s de­light.

Go­ing back to the grant­ing of schol­ar­ships, Backer said that Glen’s schol­ar­ship could very well be the first of many more schol­ar­ships to be of­fered by EPIC-Guyana. “We would usu­ally of­fer schol­ar­ships to pri­vate schools but never at the uni­ver­sity level. We would like to of­fer more of these for per­sons pur­su­ing cer­tain fields of study…hope­fully when Ms. Glen ex­cels at uni­ver­sity, her story will in­spire oth­ers to give to­wards these types of schol­ar­ships… the things we can do to make a pos­i­tive im­pact is only lim­ited by our re­sources, that’s it,” he shared.

“One con­di­tion of the schol­ar­ship though, is that Ms. Glen is expected to vol­un­teer some of her time for youth ini­tia­tives that we may have and other com­mu­nity stuff be­cause I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple give back,” Backer added. in ei­ther Septem­ber, CEO and Co-founder of EPIC-Guyana Brian Backer, EPIC Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Can­dacey Glen and EPIC-Guyana Pro­gramme Co­or­di­na­tor Su­ru­j­dai Mukhram at EPIC-Guyana’s 87 C Bar­rack Street, Kingston of­fice on Fri­day (Mariah Lall photo)

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