The three students who were awarded the first National Industrial and Commercial Investments/Special Purpose Unit (NICIL/SPU)-National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) scholarship for 2019 were again rewarded by the company for excelling at their Christmas term exams.
The students who are all attending the Berbice High School all scored over 70 percent at their exams.
The scholarship was instituted by the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (ag), Colvin Heath-London, who acted upon a suggestion by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan that something tangible should be done to reward the top performing children of former and/or present GUYSUCO workers in Region Six.
He had given the required approval, thus setting in motion the establishment of the NICIL/SPU Region Six NGSA Scholarship. The students who were among the top five performers of Region Six were awarded with school supplies and a monthly stipend of $50,000 each.
The students Pawan Etwaroo and Chitra Ramdihal had both topped Region Six, while Marissa Siriram was fifth top performer. They were all placed in different Grade Seven classes with Ramdihal achieving 83 percent, Sirinam 76.8 percent and Etwaroo 74.6 percent.
The students were all elated to have scored over 70 percent and committed to improving their respective performances next term.
Etwaroo, who was also able to make his school’s under 15 cricket team, said that he has a deep passion for cricket. He however promised to balance his love for cricket and books thus ensuring that his grades will be one that remains impressive.
At a simple presentation ceremony, NICIL’s Rose Hall Berbice Estate Manager, Edward Anderson, said that the company was very excited to once again be rewarding the students.
He said that the investment in the students is paying off.
“When we decided to invest in these children we recognized that it was the right thing to do as they were evidently faced with challenging financial difficulties.
“As such, we felt that such a scholarship programme would have further enhanced their academic ability as it is a known fact that some students are unable to perform to their highest potential because of financial difficulties facing their homes,” Anderson said.
The Rose Hall Berbice estate manager reiterated his company’s commitment to continue lending valuable support and assistance to the three students urging them to be cognizant that their performance would help in reaffirming NICIL’s belief that they are worthy of financial and other support.
“All we at NICIL expect of you is to do your best and we are already aware that you three are highflyers, so continue the trend of excelling as we are definitely confident that you are all going to achieve your dreams.
“Guyana will certainly be a better place with three top professionals in some years’ time,” he declared.
Deputy Headmaster of the Berbice High, Basdeo Utam, congratulated the students for what he said were excellent performances. He declared that he and the rest of the school’s teaching staff are impressed with the conduct and performances of the three students.
He, however, singled out Etwaroo’s elevation into the school’s cricket team as outstanding.
“We are aware of Pawan’s cricketng ability and we intend to continue lending support to him as he continues to excel in both sports and academics. While Chitra is leaning towards the arts we recognize that Marissa is a very shy young lady, but we are confident that before the end of the academic year that they both would also be deeply involved in extra curriculum activities,” the Deputy HM said.
Recognizing that several students come from financially and other challenged homes, Utam said that the school has been raising funds to lend assistance to those in dire need.
He disclosed that at a recent school concert 30 hampers were distributed to some of the school’s most needy students and further assistance will be provided in the New Year.
“Support from Corporate companies and organizations like NICIL help us significantly in achieving our set objects and goals and we are appealing to others to emulate the actions of NICIL as I can assure you that with the relevant support and assistance these students can and will excel,” Utam said.
As part of their reward package the three NICIL scholarship students will be spending the weekend with their parents and siblings at the Watooka Guest House. They would be touring several places of interest in Region Ten next weekend.
Source: Kaieteur News