BOSL HOSTS STUDENT OPEN FORUM
For many young St. Lucians with the dream of pursuing higher education, the student loan application process can be a daunting one. In light of this, Bank of Saint Lucia organized a one day Student Open Forum on July 28th to demystify the student loan application process and to provide pertinent information, relevant to this important life decision.
Over forty students and prospective students engaged with bank staff in a relaxed atmosphere which allowed for the open exchange of information. Topics for the day included the Student Loan Process, Managing Your Finances, Maximizing Convenience Banking Services, the Campus Life Experience and the Importance of Health & Wellness.
The students were provided with detailed information on what is involved in the student loan process, from the preparation stage through to approval. That presentation was facilitated by Donna Hinkson the Sales and Service Manager at Bank of Saint Lucia Waterfront Branch.
According to Maria Fowell, Senior Manager for Marketing and Corporate Communications, “This forms part of our efforts to establish and maintain our relationships with our customers and potential customers. With this forum in particular, we know the student loan process can be a bit of a daunting one, especially for the young persons. By the end of today’s session, participants will have a greater understanding of the process involved in accessing student financing, how to leverage convenience services, how to effectively manage their student budgets and the importance of
maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
The students welcomed this exercise and in particular, the relaxed setting and the timing of the activity. For some it gives them enough time to process the information and to be adequately prepared for the actual student loan application process. This forms part of BOSL’s commitment to make the dream of tertiary education possible through affordable student financing and from a Corporate Social Responsibility mandate, to support programmes and initiatives aimed at developing the young people of Saint Lucia. US. Ms Cassuis says, “God has blessed us with so many talents and sometimes we thing we are only giving praise to God if we are in church or giving offerings. But really, using all of what God has blessed us with, our voice, our bodies, our talent… these are all ways to give God thanks and praise. That’s what our summer program is about.”
Pastor Bramdeo Ramgolam is running the Trinity Lutheran Football camp simultaneously on the playing field in La Clery. He explained, “This is a great way to get the children of the community involved in a fun Christ centered environment.”
The performance at 7:00 PM on Friday August 14th at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School is an opportunity to show what the children have been working at. “It will be a wonderful program filled with the children singing and dancing. We are really looking forward to it. Everyone is invited. The cost is free and there will be food on sale” says Tassia Clement.
The neighborhood barbeque on Saturday August 15th is one of the ways that Trinity Lutheran wants to improve the image of Bisee and bring people together in the neighborhood. Pastor Tom Spiegelberg says, “Everyone has their own idea of the neighborhood of beautiful Bisee. And sometimes, even within the community, there is a lack of cooperation or neighborhood effort. So we want to be the catalyst for bringing Bisee together as a community and bringing people to our neighborhood This is our home neighborhood and we are glad to be here.”
Trinity Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod, a world wide Protestant church body.
BOSL Waterfront Branch Manager Donna Hinkson
Presents on the Student Loan Process.