WITH the commencement of the new academic year 2016-2017 on the horizon, Digicel St. Lucia continues to maintain its corporate goodwill contribution towards Education and Youth Development in St. Lucia.
At its annual scholarship programme awards ceremony, held on Wednesday at the Palm Haven hotel, Digicel rewarded the students from its 2015 programme with a continuing educational scholarship.
Each child received a monetary donation towards the purchase of their valuable school supplies, a school bag, lunch bag, pencil cases and exercise books for the new upcoming school year.
Last year, Digicel repositioned its scholarship programme from a one year, one time receipt to nominated students, to an extended five year scholarship providing students maintained an average of 65 percent pass rate at the end of each school year.
Under this programme, staff members were given the opportunity to nominate hard working successful students from their community who were most deserving of a scholarship from Digicel. Staff members will be required to accompany the students whom they have nominated to purchase their school supplies.
At the ceremony, the island’s top 2016 Common Entrance achiever, Arielle Mitchel was also presented with a special prize from Digicel’s Country Manager, Mrs. Siobhan James-Alexander: a brand new Samsung Tab E and a Samsung Galaxy A3 smartphone.
Arielle, a former student of the Carmen Renee who will be moving on to the St. Joseph’s Convent ,attained the top score of 96.33% in this year’s Common Entrance Exams.
Digicel is also awarding scholarship grants to children of all staff members who were successful in the Common Entrance Examination.
Digicel’s total investment in the 2016/17 scholarship programme is around $30,000.