Kayla Holford-Smith, Lorael Kirton, and Frederick Eastmond are the 2018 recipients of scholarships from the Foundation School Old Scholars Scholarship Fund (FSOSSF).
The three former students currently pursuing studies at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus were presented with the scholarships on Monday during general assembly at the Church Hill-based institution
Holford-Smith currently has her eyes set on becoming a surgeon and will pursue her dreams in the Faculty of Medicine come next year. Eastmond is passionate about nature and has enrolled to do environmental science while Kirton is studying biochemistry and one day hopes to delve into research medicine.
According to Wayne Lovell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for FSOSSF, the scholarship began in 2015 to assist students of Christ Church Foundation School who are unable to enrol at UWI because of financial constraints.
The scholarships, described as a blessing by past and present beneficiaries, came about because of tuition fees implemented by the former government. And even though the policy has changed whereby Barbadian students as of this year no longer need to pay for their tertiary education, FSOSSF intends to continue its financial aid.
In his remarks, Lovell explained that the scholarships aim to assist students who have achieved academic excellence and have contributed to school life.
“Recognizing that some students may still be experiencing some financial difficulty in funding their full educational cost, [we are] committed to help foster and create a greater level of achievement for students of the school, [so] the fund has continued to offer scholarships (not exceeding four annually) to students who meet the criteria,” Lovell said.
The awards were tenable at any one of the three campuses of UWI in the areas of science, technology, and accounting. The Barbados Community College was also included but only for a four-year degree in nursing.
The chairman said seven students have so far benefitted from a total disbursement of BDS$69,000 and once they maintain an acceptable grade point average, the scholarships are renewed yearly until the four-year study duration ended.
Joshua Wiggins is a testament to the positive educational impact those scholarships have on students’ lives having graduated from UWI with First Class-Honours in Computer Science (Major) and a minor in Mathematics. (ML)