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Four young people are taking up studies at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College this term with financial support from the island’s leading telecommunications service provider.
LIME awarded new full tertiary scholarships to the students this week, bringing the number of LIME scholarships to 22.
Scores of students have benefited from the programme since it was established in 1995 to help LIME colleagues cover the cost of school supplies, including textbooks and uniforms for their children. Earlier this summer, six new secondary scholarships were presented under the LIME Scholarship Award Programme. This time around, it was the turn of the new tertiary students.
Raheem Paul and Mayanna Desmangles will study computer systems engineering at the Division of Technical Education and Management Studies (DTEMS). Patrick St Juste, also at DTEMS, will work towards his motor vehicle mechanics qualification.
Miguel Duplessis will take up studies at the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies in physics, math and digital media. Miguel, son of Retail Manager Vernette Edward, attended St Mary’s College. Both Raheem and Patrick attended Leon Hess Comprehensive.
Raheem’s father is regional purchasing operation manager, Christopher; Patrick’s mother, Patricia, is a service support and delivery agent. Mayana, a St Joseph’s Convent alumna, is daughter of Senior Software Specialist Mitchelson Phillip.
The latest LIME scholarship recipients, of course, have all been successful at the CSEC examinations, attaining top CXC grades.
LIME hosts an annual Common Entrance workshop to help students prepare not just for the secondary school entrance exam but also to help instill proper study habits, which reflect in their subsequent results.
Now the company is considering expanding the programme to include more hands-on involvement in the students’ lives with mentorship and tutoring components.
LIME Head of Human Resources for the Windward Islands, Goretti Lawrency, made the presentations to the parents and students, and professed the company’s pride in the achievements of these young people.
“We consider these students part of our family,” she explains. “We see them sometimes on a daily basis, and we watch them grow and develop. As a corporate citizen, we are committed to investing in youth and education, and as a responsible employer, it is important for us to play our part in ensuring that we help our colleagues in whatever way possible, and that includes helping to provide for their children’s education.”