Grenadian Dwain Clarke is the first non-Barbadian recipient of the 14th annual Kregg Nurse Memorial Scholarship.
The thirty-year-old received the award today at Caribbean Catalyst Inc. in commemoration of the late Kregg Nurse, whose birthday was June 13th.
Each year, the company seeks to offer financial assistance to students with a disability who have successfully completed at least one year of post-secondary education and who is continuing his/her formal education at a recognized tertiary educational institution.
Administrative Coordinator Junelle Brathwaite said that two finalists, Clarke and Andre Hyland, were selected after interviewing three applicants.
“Our hope is that our award winners will continue their education and therefore be better prepared for opportunities for meaningful employment which is critical to genuine integration,” she said.
Clarke, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance, is about to start his final year at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus. He was diagnosed as hearing impaired at the age of ten and was teased by peers after receiving his first hearing aid at the age of 11.
After learning that the late Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Eric Williams wore a hearing aid, he proceeded to do research of his own.
Clarke explained, “Research shows that influential people in society, such as Helen Keller, struggled with a disability but never allowed it to become an inability. This motivated me so that I can achieve my dreams and to do so with passion, hard work, and honesty.”
Although he has faced obstacles along the way, Clarke remained focus on the road ahead. He expressed his appreciation for the award and its ability to help regional students.
“Receiving this Kregg Nurse Memorial Scholarship Award enables me to cover my expenses such as books and other educational expenses but above [all], it helps me achieve my dream. It encourages me to make a positive contribution to my society, and it has affirmed my trust in people and organizations,” he added.
Clarke hopes to become either an economist, financial manager or financial advisor and has this advice for others,
“My message to persons with a disability is to believe in yourself; you too can achieve your dream; you too can do it.”