A final-year computer science student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus who faced the possibility of dropping out because of hardship due to the introduction of tuition fees, has received a lifeline through CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Adopt-A-Cause Programme.
The bank yesterday presented Brandon Inniss with a special CIBC FirstCaribbean Student Empowerment Scholarship, an award intended to assist student identified by the university as experiencing financial hardship as a result of the introduction of the tuition fees and who would have been forced to withdraw without assistance.
Inniss, who lost his father and sole means of support in April, said he would not have been able to complete the programme without financial assistance.
Under CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Adopt-A-cause Programme, each department or unit can choose a cause within their community to volunteer their time, and can also receive funding up to a maximum of US$1,000 to support that cause, the bank said in a statement.
“This presentation embodies what our Adopt-A-Cause programme at the bank is all about reaching out to those in the communities in which we operate and working with them
to improve their lives and circumstances,” said Inga Millington, the bank’s head of compliance programmes, as she handed
over the scholarship cheque to the former Lester Vaughan Secondary student.
“We are truly delighted that our joint efforts will result in Brandon being able to successfully complete his studies here at Cave Hill and go on to make a meaningful contribution to society while armed with skills that will allow him to also improve his own personal circumstances,” she added.
Cave Hill’s Director of Student Services Dale Lynch complimented the bank’s staff for the initiative, noting that an investment in students was an investment in society.
In addition to this staff initiative, CIBC FirstCaribbean awards 15 scholarships annually to undergraduate and post-graduate students of the UWI as part of a longstanding memorandum of understanding (MOU), the statement said.
The bank also offers research grants for postgraduate students and supports a number of lectures as part of the MOU, it concluded. (PR)