Young Soufrierian re­ceives as­sis­tance with school­ing in Tai­wan

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ay­oung resident of Soufriere, Keisha Gus­tave, is the re­cip­i­ent of a kindly do­na­tion to as­sist her with her stud­ies in Tai­wan. On Thurs­day 14, July, 2016, Keisha was handed a cheque by a proud spon­sor.

Ac­cord­ing to the spon­sor, “We are de­lighted to be in a po­si­tion to help the most de­serv­ing peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. Keisha has done well and her ef­forts must be sup­ported by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. We wish her well in her stud­ies and look for­ward to her re­turn­ing to serve her coun­try.”

Keisha is the daugh­ter of Fran­cisca Gus­tave and de­ceased fa­ther, Ra­mon Felix. In 2009, she suc­cess­fully made it to the St. Joseph’s Con­vent (SJC) where she ob­tained nine passes at the 2014 CXC ex­ams. She pro­ceeded to con­tinue her stud­ies at the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege (SALCC) where she stud­ied ge­og­ra­phy, physics, math­e­mat­ics, com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies and Caribbean stud­ies.

Dur­ing her time at SJC and SALCC, Keisha was an avid sportswoman. She was house cap­tain at both schools and won the SJC Sports Woman of the Year award in 2014. In that same year, she proudly rep­re­sented Saint Lu­cia in track and field and net­ball at the Wind­ward Is­lands School Games in Do­minica. Be­sides her love for sports, Keisha also found time to play the steel pan; be­tween 2011 and 2012 she was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Di­a­mond Steel Orches­tra.

In March 2016 she ap­plied for, and was suc­cess­ful in re­ceiv­ing, a schol­ar­ship from the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to study at the Fu Jen Uni­ver­sity. Keisha is ear­marked to leave the is­land in late Au­gust.

Keisha was full of grat­i­tude for the do­na­tion and promised to help oth­ers when she would be in a po­si­tion to. “I am very thank­ful to the folks who de­cided to as­sist me with my ed­u­ca­tion. Your in­vest­ment in the ed­u­ca­tion of young minds of the com­mu­nity is no­table and will re­dound to the ben­e­fit of all. I prom­ise that I will put the monies into good use as I em­bark on this sem­i­nal jour­ney,” she said. “Rest as­sured that your as­sis­tance has trig­gered the phi­lan­thropy in me so I look for­ward to re­pay­ing your kind­ness by as­sist­ing oth­ers when I will be in a po­si­tion to do so my­self,” she added.

The spon­sor, who prefers to re­main un­men­tioned, has pledged to con­tinue as­sist­ing other de­serv­ing and out­stand­ing young ci­ti­zens when­ever able. They also wish to en­cour­age other po­ten­tial spon­sors to in­vest in the hu­man cap­i­tal of the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the spon­sor, ev­ery stone that is re­moved in the way of a po­ten­tial scholar is a door­way opened to the fu­ture.

Keisha Gus­tave has ben­e­fit­ted from the gen­eros­ity of a spon­sor and prom­ises to use the money wisely.

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