LUCELEC Em­ploy­ees Ben­e­fit From Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The St. Lucia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Limited (LUCELEC) Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme for chil­dren of em­ploy­ees now boasts some 26 mem­bers. Of those, four new stu­dents and one bur­sary re­cip­i­ent were added this year. The new stu­dents were wel­comed to the pro­gramme as part of the re­cently held an­nual LUCELEC Schol­ar­ship awardee so­cial where top per­form­ers Ab­bie Pul­tie, Yolanda Am­brose and Chelsea Branford were rec­og­nized for their achieve­ments in the pre­vi­ous aca­demic year.

Open to chil­dren of em­ploy­ees who are suc­cess­ful at the Com­mon En­trance examinations, the LUCELEC Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme be­gan in 1985 and has to date ben­e­fit­ted more than 100 chil­dren. The pro­gramme cov­ers all school fees, uni­forms, school­books, school bags, note­books, CSEC and CAPE exam fees through­out their aca­demic life at sec­ondary school and the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

The so­cial event for the awardees was held to in­duct new en­trants into the pro­gramme, rec­og­niz­ing the stu­dents’ achieve­ments to date, and mo­ti­vate the stu­dents for the new aca­demic year. Chair­per­son of the Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee Mrs. Miguelle James had high praise for the re­turn­ing mem­bers of the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme whom she said per­formed bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous aca­demic year.

“We started the year with 25 stu­dents and we un­for­tu­nately had to with­draw two stu­dents from our pro­gramme this year and one has been placed on pro­ba­tion go­ing into this aca­demic year. Al­though this is not the best news, I note this is an im­prove­ment over last year and I am hop­ing that next year I will be able to an­nounce that no stu­dent has been with­drawn from the pro­gramme and no one is on pro­ba­tion. Over­all and for the rest of the stu­dents we con­tinue to be en­cour­aged by your high per­for­mance. Please keep it up,” Mrs James said.

For the first time, stu­dents at­tended the schol­ar­ship award so­cial dressed in their re­spec­tive school uni­forms. LUCELEC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Trevor Louisy said this pre­sented a unique op­por­tu­nity for those in higher forms in the same school to men­tor stu­dents in lower forms. Mr. Louisy also spoke of the “Late Bloomer” com­po­nent of the com­pany’s Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme.

“Some of us de­velop at a later stage com­pared to oth­ers. Per­haps when we get to se­cond form that’s when ev­ery­thing be­gins to click in our minds and we be­gin to per­form at a cer­tain level. Ac­cept­ing kids com­ing into the Pro­gramme whether it’s at the se­cond form level through fifth, once they exhibit that level of per­for­mance,” Louisy said.

To main­tain the schol­ar­ship each stu­dent must achieve a min­i­mum 65 per­cent grade in each sub­ject and an over­all av­er­age of 70 per­cent.

LUCELEC’s Schol­ar­ship So­cial was held at their Power Sta­tion in Cul-de-Sac un­der the theme, “Paving the way to higher ed­u­ca­tion and bet­ter learn­ing”.

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