1st Na­tional Bank In­tro­duces Schol­ar­ships

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This week 1st Na­tional Bank St. Lu­cia Lim­ited held a press con­fer­ence re­gard­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of its two schol­ar­ship pro­grammes, the Fer­rel Vic­tor Charles Sec­ondary School Schol­ar­ship and the Fran­cis J. Carasco Schol­ar­ship. At the event bank rep­re­sen­ta­tives took time to pro­vide back­ground on the schol­ar­ship ini­tia­tives.

Fer­rel Vic­tor Charles once served as Di­rec­tor, Chair as well as Pres­i­dent of the Board of the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion. He be­gan his po­si­tion as di­rec­tor in 1980 and was pres­i­dent from 1989 to 2005; he has since re­tired. Due to his ex­cel­lent long ser­vice the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme was launched in his hon­our in 2015.

This year is the third year the bank has granted schol­ar­ships to stu­dents who have com­pleted com­mon en­trance ex­ams.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the in­dige­nous bank are proud of this ini­tia­tive as they be­lieve in the youth and that ed­u­ca­tion is key.

Un­der the Fer­rel Vic­tor Charles Sec­ondary School Schol­ar­ship, ap­pli­ca­tions for chil­dren aged 10 to 13 years for the aca­demic year 20172018 should com­prise a let­ter con­firm­ing in­ter­est, with a copy of the stu­dent’s birth cer­tifi­cate and re­sults plus a ref­er­ence let­ter from the Prin­ci­pal of the for­mer pri­mary school. Stu­dent can­di­dates must be a child of a 1st Na­tional Bank em­ployee, share­holder or cus­tomer. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about sub­mis­sions, please re­fer to the in­for­ma­tion at right from 1st Na­tional Bank St. Lu­cia Lim­ited or call in to ny of its branches.

Two Fer­rel Vic­tor Charles Schol­ar­ships will be awarded, cov­er­ing the full five years of sec­ondary school, as well as a lap­top.

The dead­line to ap­ply for this schol­ar­ship is July 25.

The Fran­cis J. Carasco Schol­ar­ship was founded in 1992 at the be­hest of the share­hold­ers of 1st Na­tional Bank in hon­our of the long­est serv­ing di­rec­tor, Fran­cis Carasco. Mr Carasco served for 47 years: 1942 to 1989. The 1st Na­tional Bank ini­tially opened its doors for busi­ness be­hind one of Mr Carasco’s busi­nesses, ‘Carasco and Sons’.

The Fran­cis J. Carasco Schol­ar­ship is awarded on a tri­en­nial ba­sis to per­sons who wish to pur­sue an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in bank­ing or re­lated fields: Fi­nance, Ac­count­ing, Man­age­ment, Busi­ness, Com­puter Sci­ence, Eco­nomics, Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment and Mar­ket­ing.

The schol­ar­ship is ten­able for the Univer­sity of the West Indies Open Cam­pus or other ap­proved re­gional uni­ver­si­ties.

In or­der to ap­ply for the schol­ar­ship one must be a share­holder/child of a share­holder of the bank, and aged from eigh­teen to thirty years old. It is im­por­tant that the in­di­vid­ual demon­strates qual­i­ties of in­tegrity and self-dis­ci­pline as well as lead­er­ship qual­i­ties such as ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion and vol­un­tary so­cial ser­vice in school and/or com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tions. Once these and other re­quire­ments have been met, in­di­vid­u­als may sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions by the Au­gust 22 dead­line.

With sat­is­fac­tory com­ple­tion of the un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree course, the can­di­date will be bonded to 1st Na­tional Bank St Lu­cia Lim­ited for a pe­riod of three years.

“1st Na­tional Bank is all about ex­cel­lence, all about ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice,” Ex­ec­u­tive Man­ager Mar­ket­ing, Robert Fevrier af­firmed. “We want to in­cul­cate that in our young peo­ple, to strive for ex­cel­lence in all things.”

He also em­pha­sised, “We’re en­cour­ag­ing share­hold­ers, par­ents and stu­dents to take ad­van­tage of this ini­tia­tive and ap­ply.”

Man­agers and staff of 1st Na­tional Bank at this week’s schol­ar­ship in­tro­duc­tory pre­sen­ta­tion.

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