Public Relations Officer of Sandals Resorts International, Rhonda Giraudy, said that the grant is for the purchasing of books, uniforms, facility fees and what else is needed during that school year.
Giraudy explained that the scholarship is granted to students based on recommendations from the schools.
“It is a five-year programme for the entire secondary school. But if students perform well and would like to continue onto community college we would also look in to funding the additional two year,” she added.
General Manager of Sandals Halcyon, Lennox Dupal, said in his remarks that Sandals is happy to provide scholarships to children in efforts of keeping them in school.
“In this economic times where money is hard to come by, I think I urge everyone of you to understand the value of what we are doing and make sure you put your best foot forward” Dupal advised.
Dominic Fedee, regional public relations officer of the Sandals Foundation, told the gathering that the foundation has been built on the importance of education and is a mere representation of Sandals commitment to embracing other stakeholders like the community, whether through education, sport or contributing to health care.
Minister of Education Robert Lewis lauded the initiative, stating that Sandals has been providing funding to students for quite a number of years.
“The Sandal Foundation is making resources available to you to further your education”.
He urged the awardees to continue to do well and use the opportunity to excel and to serve their country.
The education minister told representatives of Sandals that “anybody who thinks about developing that human resource, you are thinking about the sustainability of life, because in these small island, the biggest resource that we have is our people”.
He thanked Sandals for all the work they are doing here in St Lucia.
Beneficiaries of this year’s scholarship programme includes: Katelyn Isidore, Ange Fontenelle, Shekeena Dantzie, Phillipa James, Daralee Fontanelle, Ashley Phillips, Phoebe Hippolyte and Liam John, among others.
The Sandals Foundation- the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International – has been providing scholarships under the “Care for Kids” programme to high school student in St. Lucia since 2009.