UWI Bursary Awards 2023

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Four (4) Bursaries awarded for 2023-2024 Academic Year  at the UWI Global Campus, St Vincent & the Grenadines

Each year, a matrix-based assessment is used to identify and interview community-oriented candidates who needs financial assistance. A committee then reviews the shortlisted candidates to select those candidates fitting to receive a Bursary.

After contemplation, the committee selected the following four (4) candidates to receive the Mustique Charitable Trust Bursary Award for the 2023/2024 Academic Year:

  • Okieve Graham (Male)    Bachelor of Science: Marketing
  • Juliette James (Female)    Bachelor of Education: Educational Leadership & Management
  • Jolisa Primus (Female)     Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood Development & Family Studies
  • Leroy Walker (Male)       Bachelor of Science: Sports Leadership & Management

These four (4) candidates now join the Mustique Charitable Trust Bursary Programme, which initiated in January 2010 and has since seen 28 graduated awardees who have received 15 First Class Degrees, 6 Upper Second Degree, 6 Lower Second Degrees and 1 Certificate.

Many of these graduates are now giving back to the society through their careers in teaching, counselling and social work which speaks in itself of the sustainability of this successful and beneficial collaboration between MCT and UWIGC

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Okieve Graham
Bachelor of Science: Marketing

Okieve Graham is a Customer Service Agent in the Airline & Tourism Industry. His interaction with visitors in these fields has identify the need for more accessible information about his beautiful homeland. With this in mind, he has selected Marketing with a special focus on Digital Marketing with hopes to create apps that will allow visitors to have a more informed experience while visiting St Vincent & the Grenadines. He also hopes that his dream will open a gateway for other young entrepreneurs.

Juliette James
Bachelor of Education: Educational Leadership & Management

Juliette James is a primary school teacher who is committed to helping our Vincentian children in the area of Literacy. She hopes to also obtain additional specialised training in Literacy. It is indeed her passion and she sees this degree as an opportunity to contribute to the teaching curriculum to help students who are struggling in literacy.

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Jolisa Primus
Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood Development & Family Studies

Jolisa Primus is a Primary School Relief Teacher who recalls her own struggles as a young student. From her experience, she appreciates how important those first formative years are in a child’s education. It was evident that Jolisa loves teaching and interacting with young children. Her choice of field of study is with hopes that she can help our young children begin their early education on the right footing.

Leroy Walker
Bachelor of Science: Sports Leadership & Management

This is a new degree offered by UWI Global Campus and it may just be Divine Intervention, since it appears that Leroy Walker was destined for this degree. A role model Sportsman and dedicated member of the Garifuna community, there is ample evidence online that proves that Leroy loves sports and is deeply involved in promoting sports among our children and teenagers. MCT is very pleased to have its first Bursary Awardee pursuing this degree and with Leroy’s evident passion for sports, we hope that he will have an even greater impact in this field.

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Since 2009, the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) has funded its Annual Recurring Grant with Our Lady Guadalupe Home to contribute to the counselling services provided to the girls and young women of the Home.

The counselling services are seen as crucial to assist the girls and young women to cope with their individual challenges and learn to live at the home as a family. It serves as a support system and aims to help the girls with their way forward.

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Since January 2010, the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) has funded its Annual Recurring Grant with Helping Hands Centre to assist with school fees to enable students to attend the Centre to receive remedial education.

Over the years, our Annual Grant has expanded and now contributes to School Fees for six (6) students, the gasoline costs for the School Bus, the Bus Driver’s stipend and a Caregiver’s stipend.

The Mustique Charitable Trust was once again pleased to renew its 2023 Annual Grant with Helping Hands Centre, which covers for the period September 2023 to August 2024.

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St. Benedict Day Nursery & Children’s Home Annual Recurring Grant

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Since 2009, the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) has funded its Annual Recurring Grant with St. Benedict Day Nursery & Children’s Home to assist with the care of the children at the Children’s Home.

Over the years, our Annual Grant has expanded and now contributes to Groceries & Toiletries, Physiotherapy, Music Lessons and Teachers’ Stipend.

The Mustique Charitable Trust was once again pleased to renew its 2023 Annual Grant with St. Benedict Day Nursery & Children’s Home, which covers for the period September 2023 to August 2024.

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14 Young Vincentians trained on Climate Change, Environment, Organic Gardening, Lifestyle Diseases and Local Herbs

14 Young Vincentians trained on Climate, Environment, Gardening, Lifestyle Diseases & Immune Boosting Herbs

This was the sixth (6th) year of collaboration between the UK Friends of the Mustique Charitable Trust (UKFMCT) and Richmond Vale Academy (RVA). This programme was delayed from 2021 due to the severe impact on RVA facilities from the volcanic eruptions in April 2021.

14 Young Vincentians were selected for the fourteen-day workshop, where they were educated on the impact of climate change, environmental protection, organic gardening, lifestyle diseases. and local herbs.

The workshop included in-classroom theoretical training and practical hands on training at the RVA Climate Centre and Sustainable Farm along with major environmental site visits such as Jackhill Copeland Heritage Trail, Vermont Nature Trail, Botanical Gardens and Fort Charlotte.

The new area of focus in this year’s programme was “Lifestyle Diseases and Local Herbs and their benefits to the immune system”. This focus area was considered important after what the world experienced during COVID-19.

Participants also learnt how to design and create their own organic garden and were assigned in groups to understand teamwork.

At the end of the workshop, participants had a better understanding on how to maintain their health using herbs, which they can grow themselves in their backyard.

At the graduation ceremony, there were tears, as participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity and the bonds that were formed during the two-week summer camp.

This summer programme afforded 14 young Vincentians accommodation, meals, knowledge and lifelong memories of camaraderie for a total cost of US$16,753

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