The General Employees Co-operative Credit Union Limited (GECCU)has awarded university bursaries valued at $3,000 to five of its members.
The recipients are: Moesha Gage; Onequa Hunte; Carisa Blucher; Donella Power; and Shanell Harry-Dickson. The credit union said in a release that the bursaries were presented to the recipients at a ceremony on October 19, 2022 at its conference room and is in keeping with its corporate social responsibility.
In her remarks, Chair of the scholarship committee, Bernisa Roberts noted that GECCU takes it’s social responsibility quite seriously and continues to embrace different ways of assisting members and groups in tangible and impactful ways.
She told the recipients that GECCU is proud to be assisting them financially in their quest to pursue their dreams of higher education and that they are being rewarded for their hard work.
Roberts, a former GECCU bursary recipient noted that “excellence is a reward on its own. She urged the recipients not only to strive for academic excellence but excellence in everything that they do.
She also encouraged them to be kind to themselves, to others and to support their credit union.
She reminded them of the story of the Lion and the Mouse, the moral of the story being that kindness is never wasted.
President of GECCU, Michael Sayers commended the recipients and urged them to do their best in whatever disciplines they are pursuing.
“GECCU is about family. Family helps and cares, and today we are demonstrating to you that being a part of the GECCU family is not only about savings and accessing loans, but it is also about ensuring that we help each other.”
The President assured the recipients that they “are part of a family that reaches its hands out to help its members, socially and financially.”
The university bursary programme was established in 2014. To date, GECCU has disbursed $172,000 in university bursaries which has benefited 43 members.
Remarks were also delivered at the ceremony by CEO of GECCU, Rohan Stowe and Head of Site, UWI Open Campus,Deborah Dalrymple.
Moesha Gage, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, thanked GECCU on behalf of fellow recipients.