The four(4) awardees all hailed from the Rural South Community and will be pursuing courses of study at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI). The scholarships which were advertised via various media were awarded as follows:
1. Ms. Shaun-Marie Dinard - Full Tuition Scholarship leading to an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management
2. Mr. Jayson Peters - Full Tuition Scholarship leading to an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management
3. Mr. Dwayne Thomas - Full Tuition Scholarship leading to a Certificate in Food and Beverage Service
4. Ms. Erica Henry - 50% Tuition Scholarship leading to an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management
Applicants for the scholarships were required to submit a completed application form to include an essay and evidence of their qualifications and which is in its first year of operation.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the recipients all expressed their delight at being selected for the scholarship award and pledged their commitment to working hard and striving for excellence in their studies. They also applauded the initiative and shared that it would go a long way in assisting them in achieving their educational goals.
Sen. Hon. Winston Williams Jr. after whom the award is named, shared that the initiative is a fulfillment of his commitment to the People of Rural South as outlined in his 2011 Parliamentary Presentation entitled, 'A Real Plan for Real People'. In that presentation, Minister Williams who is the UPP Representative for the St. John's Rural South Constituency made a pledge to introduce initiatives in the area which would focus on human and social development. Other initiatives to date include the hosting of the annual two week summer camp for children and youth designed to provide life skills training for success.
The reSen. Williams also used the opportunity on the Good Morning Antigua Barbuda Show to launch another component of the Winston Williams Jr. Scholarship Award entitled the 'Continuing Education Programme' which seeks to provide one (1) year tuition scholarships for persons who have been unsuccessful in the the CXC, CSEC Examinations, particularly in English Language. The Senator explained that many students are successful with a number of CXC subjects but a below average performance in English can prevent them from pursuing further studies and even qualification for employment.
Applications for the Continuing Education Programme component of the Winston Williams Jr. Scholarship Award can be collected at the Lower Ottos Community Centre and should be returned by Friday September 9, 2011.
Jayson Peters with his parents