Twenty-one year old Janet Taylor of No. 23 Parkinson Field, Pinelands, St. Michael is the recipient of the 2012 award by the GWP&Co. Scholarship Trust. The proxime accessit for this year who is also 21 years old is Destinie Simmons of No. 61, 2nd Avenue, Valley View, St. George.
The scholarship winner was a student in the Law Faculty at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies from 2009 to 2012. She satisfied the requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Laws degree with First Class Honours at the end of 2011/12 academic year.
Taylor was a past student of Belmont Primary School, Combermere School and the Barbados Community College where she obtained an Associate Degree in Arts (Law and Sociology) with Credit in 2009.
The first runner up was also a student in the Law Faculty at Cave Hill between 2009 and 2012. She was awarded a Bachelors of Law degree with Upper Second Class Honours. Simmons received her primary education at Charles F. Broomes and is a past student of Harrison College.
Taylor and Simmons will be proceeding to Hugh Wooding Law in the near future to pursue the two-year Legal Education Certificate course at that institution.
The applicants for the 2012 award were interviewed by the Board of Directors of the trust under the Chairmanship of former High Court Judge, Sir Frederick Smith, K.A., Q.C. on August 13. Sir Frederick who is now 88 years old had previously announced his intention to retire as chairman of the board at the end of the 2012 annual general meeting which was also held on the same date as the interviews of the applicants.
The awards for 2012 were presented to the scholarship winner and the first runner up by attorney Shontelle Murrell of the law firm George Walton Payne & Co. She is the firm’s representative on the Board of Trustees of the charity. The secretary treasurer of the trust retired, Permanent Secretary Darwin Goodridge, and relatives of the two recipients of the awards, attended the presentation ceremony which was held at Dowell Chambers, Bridgetown on August 27.