Every year the company awards scholarships to children of its staff members who perform outstandingly at the Common Entrance Examinations, under the LIME Scholarship Award Program.
Over 75 children have benefitted from the program since it was established in 1995. Prior to this week, nine secondary students and a further six at the tertiary level were already on LIME scholarships. The scholarships cover the cost of school supplies, including textbooks and uniforms.
The six new additions to scholarship row included two girls who will attend St Joseph’s Convent, two boys who will be in the first year at St Mary’s College, and one boy each at Castries Comprehensive and Entrepot Secondary.
The top performer overall was Ashley Griffith, daughter of Clarence Griffith. Ashley got 89.67% in the exam, and will attend SJC. She will be joined by Sydoni Wade, whose father – Sinclair Wade – is the longest-tenured of any of this year’s parents.
Samuel Arlette, son of LIME TV specialist Justin Arlette, was the top male achiever. He is going to SMC along with Devin Boodha, son of technician Dennis Boodha. Placide Noelien Jr, son of Placide Noelien, who will be at CCSS, and Ryan Calderon, son of Terry “Chippy” Calderon, is on his way to ESS. For the first time, all of the recipients were the children of male colleagues, a fact that was noted by LIME Head of Human Resources for the Windward Islands, Goretti Lawrency.
“It is important that men make a commitment to playing a major role in their children’s development,” said Goretti. “We are seeing evidence of just that sort of commitment here, as your fathers have helped guide you to excellence and are helping you fulfil your potential. You are talented and well-deserving students; as members of the LIME family, we are extremely proud of what you have achieved so far, and we look forward to great things from you over the next five years.”
In addition to the scholarship cheques, this year, each student was given an Alcatel T’Pop mobile phone.
The touchscreen Android handset is designed to run on Saint Lucia’s fastest mobile network, and the students were understandably overjoyed to get their hands on the new handsets. With its large screen, access to the Google Play Store and tons of learning apps, the T’Pop has the potential to be a fine learning tool, in addition to a solid mobile phone.
LIME also helped these students and their parents prepare for the Common Entrance Examination with a series of workshops that has become an annual tradition for the company, teaching coping and study techniques including psychological preparation, group study and preparing exam day checklists.