Fourteen students from the Barbados Community College (BCC) today received scholarships from the Government of Canada to continue studies started at the BCC.
Two students received the Canada-CARICOM Scholarship and will be attending Lakeland College to pursue studies in Commerce from September this year until April 2015. They are Ashli Benskin and Kiana Yarde.??
Another 12 students were awarded the Emerging Leaders of the Americas Programme (ELAP) Scholarship.??Nine of these will attend St. Lawrence College from next month to December 2014.
Of this number Ethan Alleyne, Aerin Prescod and Daniel Skeete will study Fine Arts, while Johnathan Alleyne, Joanne DaSilva Blackman, Nyasha Jean-Paul, Angelic Joseph, Sancia Padmore and Andi Rowe Forde will pursue studies in Hospitality.
Two other recipients of this scholarship, Natasha Brathwaite and Shanice Kirton, will attend Canadore College from September to December this year. Their area of study will also be Hospitality.??The final recipient of an ELAP Scholarship, Krystal Rogers, will study Commerce at Fanshawe College for the same period of time.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, encouraged the scholarship winners to make the best of every available opportunity on their educational journey.
???When you travel to Canada ensure that you continue your excellent performance because you are ambassadors for your friends, family, college and Barbados???Carry the Barbadian message of respect, of dignity, of love, and of learning,??? he advised.
He also implored them to strive for excellence in their studies and not to simply do just enough to pass, as there was so much more that could be achieved with some effort. ???I want students to reach the ceiling???there is so much more between the floor and the ceiling???, he asserted.
The Minister added that he would like to see more students; particularly males, apply for and receive scholarships offered through the college.