August 3, 2012
First ever National Broadcasting Corporation Scholarship awarded

Areah Browne is the first recipient of the National Broadcasting Corporation’s (NBC) inaugural scholarship.{{more}}

On Monday, Browne received the first ever Claude Theobalds Scholarship, named after the radio station’s first general manager, following the demise of the Windward Islands Broadcasting Service.

Browne, who will be a student at the St Joseph’s Convent Kingstown from September, will receive $1,000 annually for the duration of the scholarship, which, according to NBC’s General Manager Corletha Ollivierre, covers the five years of her secondary school education.

Linford Douglas also received a one-time payment of $250. The student will attend the St Vincent Grammar School and qualified for the award in keeping with the newly signed collective agreement with the Public Service Union.

Article 24 of the new agreement allows for the children of employees at the station to qualify for a scholarship.

“This year, we had two that wrote the Common Entrance and who did quite well and who would be going off to secondary school,” Ollivierre explained.

She further explained that the scholarship was named in honour of Theobalds, who passed away just over a year ago, for the outstanding contribution he had made to the station and to broadcasting in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

“We are pleased to present the inaugural scholarship and bursary to these two young people and wish that they will continue to apply themselves at the secondary level, as they continue their formal education,” Ollivierre said.(DD)