Eight final-year students of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) have much to smile about for the New Year as they have each received US$2,500 to assist in offsetting the cost of their tuition.
The students benefitting are Horatio McLean, Odane Allison, Joel Neita, Shanesha Simpson, Romario Williams, Nejeir Mateland, Ricardo Hopwood, and Ramar Lovelace.
The scholarship which values a total of J$2.4 million (US$20,000) is awarded by the Monica Silvera Scholarship Foundation, which is administered by the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA).
CSA President David Jean Marie has vouched to continue his organization’s support for the education of the Caribbean region’s youth in the field of maritime studies through the scholarship program.
He said, “The CSA has a specific niche to fill in terms of creating the next generation of Caribbean maritime, port and logistics experts. The key to our transformation resides in our people, whose expertise is critical if the region is to consolidate its global position as the hub for major trade routes and tourism activities. We must continue to help define and clarify the changing world in which our members’ businesses operate by educating their people,” he said.
At the same time, the Principal of the CMI, Dr Fritz Pinnock, voiced his gratitude to the CSA for its support of the institute.
He said, “This (support) underscores the significance of CMI to the global maritime logistics and supply chain industry. CSA has committed to spending US$20,000 per year, awarding these scholarships to students, who come from all over the Caribbean,” he pointed out.
The CSA Monica Silvera Scholarship was created in January 2005 in memory of the association’s first female executive vice-president.
The CSA Monica Silvera Scholarship is open to students aged 17 years and older, who are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at the CMI.
In order to receive the award, students must show academic excellence as well as be involved in extra-curricular activities, and their communities.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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