The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Me­lanie Fedee grad­u­ated out of the St Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Lim­ited (LUCELEC) Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme this year. She is proud to have per­formed well enough to main­tain her schol­ar­ship through­out sec­ondary school and the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege. She cred­its the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme for keep­ing her fo­cussed, de­ter­mined as she was not to lose it even when chal­lenged by A ‘Level Physics, which she sug­gests is “not an easy sub­ject”.

Me­lanie is now per­ma­nently etched into the LUCELEC Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme story that be­gan thirty years ago, in 1985. To date, more than 100 chil­dren have ben­e­fit­ted from the pro­gramme open to chil­dren of LUCELEC em­ploy­ees who were suc­cess­ful at the Com­mon En­trance Exam. The pro­gramme pays for all school fees, uni­forms, school books, school bags, note­books, CSEC and CAPE exam fees through­out sec­ondary school and the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Me­lanie was among those present at LUCELEC's Schol­ar­ship So­cial on Satur­day, Au­gust 22, when schol­ar­ship hold­ers were handed their pack­ages and took the op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age the stu­dents cur­rently in the pro­gramme to give their ed­u­ca­tion the pri­or­ity it de­serves.

Chair­per­son of the LUCELEC Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee Ms Miguelle Warner re­ported that stu­dents in the pro­gramme per­formed well dur­ing the past year.

“Most of our cur­rent stu­dents have main­tained an im­pres­sive stan­dard of per­for­mance while a few need to ap­ply them­selves more to their stud­ies. For the Aca­demic year 2015/2016 we are mov­ing for­ward with 25 stu­dents in our Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme. This in­cludes our 5 new en­trants and un­for­tu­nately is with­out 6 stu­dents from last year,” says Warner.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, one time bur­saries were also pre­sented to four chil­dren of em­ploy­ees, who, along with the five en­trants to the Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme re­ceived a copy of “Ori­en­ta­tion Made Easy – What to Ex­pect When Start­ing Sec­ondary School”. The book was au­thored by Valen­tine Dantes who was the Guest Speaker at the Schol­ar­ship So­cial. Dantes told stu­dents to fight for their suc­cess, plan for it and not be stymied by which school they're at­tend­ing or any­thing else in achiev­ing their full po­ten­tial.

To main­tain the LUCELEC schol­ar­ship, each stu­dent must achieve a min­i­mum 65% pass rate in all their sub­jects and an over­all av­er­age of 70%.

Fedee per­formed well at this year's CAPE ex­ams and de­spite her ad­mit­ted “strug­gle” re­ceived a Grade 2 in that “not an easy sub­ject” Physics.

LUCELEC 2015 Schol­ar­ship Hold­ers.

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