Flow awards 19 stu­dents full Schol­ar­ship

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Over the past 21 years Ca­ble & Wire­less has pro­vided schol­ar­ships val­ued at hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to chil­dren of its em­ploy­ees through the Ca­ble & Wire­less Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram. First es­tab­lished in 1995, the pro­gram pro­vides full schol­ar­ships, which rep­re­sent a seven-year com­mit­ment to the ed­u­ca­tion of the young re­cip­i­ents, in­clu­sive of five years at sec­ondary school and two years at Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, whether or not their par­ents re­main with the com­pany.

On Tues­day, Flow awarded 19 schol­ar­ships to chil­dren of its em­ploy­ees, thereby reaf­firm­ing its com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing the C&W Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram and sup­port­ing the ed­u­ca­tional ad­vance­ment of Saint Lu­cia's chil­dren.

The schol­ar­ship awards were pre­sented to the stu­dents, along with their par­ents, at a unique and ex­tremely mov­ing pre­sen­ta­tion held at the Bay Gar­dens Inn, Rod­ney Bay.

Among the in­vited guests was Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry for Youth Devel­op­ment and Sports, Dr. An­thony Ge­orge.

All 19 of the proud schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents were pro­vided with bur­saries, which will cover the cost of their school sup­plies, in­clud­ing text­books and sta­tionery, uni­forms and school fees. Their se­lec­tion was based on their Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion scores and their aca­demic per­for­mance at sec­ondary school over the past three or four years. The schol­ar­ships are meant to re­ward them for their hard work through­out the years.

This year's re­cip­i­ents in­clude 15 sec­ondary school stu­dents, all of whom have been re­ceiv­ing an­nual schol­ar­ship bur­saries from the com­pany, and four pri­mary school stu­dents, each of whom turned in an out­stand­ing per­for­mance at this year's Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tions.

Flow St. Lu­cia Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive, Sher­ma­lyn Si­donie-John said, “As a com­pany we value our em­ploy­ees who make an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the run­ning of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and it's im­por­tant to give back to them in var­i­ous ways. Ed­u­ca­tion is one of the core pil­lars of Flow as it re­lates to our cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, so why not be­gin with re­ward­ing the chil­dren of our most val­ued re­source, our team mem­bers?”

Hay­den Pa­trick, Flow St. Lu­cia's Fi­nance Man­ager, en­cour­aged the chil­dren to work at de­vel­op­ing their spir­i­tu­al­ity and to look to God for strength and guid­ance as they pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion. He urged them to pur­sue their goals with pas­sion in or­der to be­come well-rounded in­di­vid­u­als, fully pre­pared for the fu­ture.

The aim of Tues­day's pre­sen­ta­tion was not merely to hand out schol­ar­ships to the stu­dents; it was a mo­ti­va­tional event de­signed to en­cour­age them to fo­cus on their aca­demic goals and con­tinue striv­ing for aca­demic ex­cel­lence. The theme was ‘Never Give Up'.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Dr. An­thony Ge­orge de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress. He en­cour­aged the stu­dents to ‘work hard to pur­sue ex­cel­lence' and never give up on their dreams. “Un­der­stand that ed­u­ca­tion is the great­est key to your own per­sonal devel­op­ment and do your best to pur­sue ex­cel­lence at school. You don't have to come from a wealthy fam­ily to pur­sue your dream,” he told the young­sters. It was an up­lift­ing and in­spir­ing de­liv­ery.

To drive the point home fur­ther, the Flow team showed the stu­dents a video on the new doc­u­men­tary ‘Leap of Faith' fea­tur­ing Pan Am Games goldmedal­ist and Flow am­bas­sador, Lev­ern Spencer and her in­spir­ing quest to achieve her dream of be­com­ing a world-class high jumper. There was also a video of Bri­tish Olympic ath­lete Derek Red­mond dur­ing his per­for­mance at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona where he tore his ham­string in the 400 me­tres semi-fi­nal but fought through the pain and, with help from his fa­ther, man­aged to com­plete a full lap of the track as the crowd gave him a stand­ing ova­tion. It was a touch­ing mo­ment for the stu­dents, for whom the mes­sage was clear: they must stay fo­cused on their goals and never give up.

Sa­muel Ar­lette, one of the awardees, was pre­sented with a gift of a smart­phone for vol­un­teer­ing to come up to the podium to tell the au­di­ence the key lessons he had learned dur­ing the ses­sion. He was thrilled.

His proud fa­ther, Justin Ar­lette, said he was very touched to know that his son was se­lected to re­ceive the schol­ar­ship and thanked Flow for do­ing so. He echoed the sen­ti­ments of the other par­ents present and said he will con­tinue to en­cour­age his son to do his best as he en­ters a new school year.

Glynn Good­man, an­other proud dad, also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the as­sis­tance Flow is pro­vid­ing to his son. “On be­half of my fam­ily I would like to thank Flow for the schol­ar­ship. A weight has been lifted from my shoul­ders know­ing that my son is get­ting this sort of as­sis­tance and it will go a long way in help­ing him to con­tinue his ed­u­ca­tion,” said Good­man.

Flow em­ploy­ees and their chil­dren re­ceive some much needed back-to-school re­lief through the em­ployer schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

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