The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

The Elks City of Cas­tries Co-op­er­a­tive Credit Union has an­nounced the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of its in­au­gu­ral schol­ar­ship pro­gramme.

Janaika Momerelle and Kel­ton Clerice were se­lected as the re­cip­i­ents for their stel­lar aca­demic per­for­mance at the 2016 Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tions while Stephen Mar­ius and Jayda Gregg re­ceived bur­saries.

The stu­dents and their par­ents gath­ered at the Credit Union on Thurs­day for a brief pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony where they were ad­dressed by Mr. Mario Boyce, Pres­i­dent of the Union’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

“We wanted to do some­thing mean­ing­ful for the mem­bers we serve. We had ini­tially planned to pro­vide two schol­ar­ships, one to the top per­former and one based on fi­nan­cial need. How­ever, the Schol­ar­ship Eval­u­a­tion Com­mit­tee felt that there were other ap­pli­cants who per­formed well but were in dire fi­nan­cial need, so we de­cided to make avail­able two ad­di­tional bur­saries to these stu­dents,” said Boyce.

The schol­ars will at­tend the St. Joseph Con­vent and the En­tre­pot Sec­ondary School and will be re­quired to main­tain a 70% av­er­age for the five year du­ra­tion of their schol­ar­ship.

The Elks City of Cas­tries Credit Union, lo­cated on the cor­ner of Brazil and Co­ral Streets in Cas­tries, is a co-op­er­a­tive fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion serv­ing peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in Cas­tries and its en­vi­rons.

Said Mr. Boyce: “As a credit union, we are founded on the phi­los­o­phy of ‘peo­ple help­ing peo­ple’ and we stand be­hind the prin­ci­ples that pro­mote hu­man de­vel­op­ment and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Of­fer­ing these schol­ar­ships is just one way the Elks Credit Union adds value for our mem­bers and as­sists them with the in­creas­ing cost of higher ed­u­ca­tion while em­pha­siz­ing our com­mit­ment to their fi­nan­cial suc­cess.”

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