The St Vincent Electricity Services Limited (Vinlec), has awarded three new scholarship to children of its employees to attend secondary school from this academic year.
According to a release from the company, the recipients are Kaela Bobb, Mesah Salandy, and Alinda Gilbert who all received their award at a ceremony held on August 31.
Speaking during the ceremony, Vinlec’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Vaughn Lewis congratulated the awardees and offered words of advice as they embark on their new academic journey.
“I am not a pastor, but I believe that God created us for a specific purpose. We must find that purpose and contribute to the world,” Lewis said.
The CEO (ag) noted that VINLEC is a diverse company with more than 300 employees, which lends itself well to assisting recipients to carve out their respective career paths.
He further advised the students to strive to be well-rounded individuals and to listen to the guidance of their parents.
“The academic part of your life is important, but there is more to life than academics. Participate in other activities; in school, in church,”Lewis urged.
General Secretary of the National Workers Movement (NWM), Noel Jackson also delivered remarks at the award ceremony. The official of the NWM, which is the bargaining agent for employees at Vinlec, urged the 2022 scholarship recipients to fully utilize the opportunity provided.
“This opportunity that has been provided to you, you must grab it with both hands so that at the end of the five years of secondary school you will come out with a handful of subjects…do your Bachelors, because that is the world. You must not restrict your vision…you must see yourself as a citizen of the world,” Jackson said.
He also urged parents not to dismiss their children but to listen to them keenly and provide the parental guidance and protection that is necessary.
Under its Education Award Scheme, Vinlec has assisted employees in the educational development of their children for the past 38 years.
Annually, a maximum of five students receive assistance for their secondary school education, and two students receive assistance for tertiary education studies.