The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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