Samantha Rhule has 150,000 reasons to smile

July 06, 2016
Contributed Jacqueline Rhule and her daughter, Samantha, are the picture of happiness after Samantha received a scholarship valued at $150,000 to the University of the West Indies from Digicel.

When Samantha Rhule takes her place at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in September, she will head to classes without having to focus too much on paying fees.

The former Gleaner Spelling Bee champion for St Mary last week got a great surprise, thanks to her mother's wish for a scholarship.

Samantha's mother, Jacqueline Rhule, had responded to Digicel’s 15th anniversary message asking customers to send in their wishes with a request for some assistance with paying the tuition fee for her daughter.

The wish was granted and last week, Digicel surprised Samantha, 19, with a scholarship to the University of the West Indies, valued at $150,000.

"I feel very happy and relieved to know that my wish has been granted," Jacqueline Rhule told THE STAR.

Samantha had been accepted to read for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of the West Indies, Jacqueline was concerned that they would not be able to come up with the tuition in time for her to start the programme.

“Samantha understands the challenges that we face as a family, so when she applied for the University, she applied to study part-time so that she could get a job and help send herself to school,” Rhule said. 

“But when I saw the advertisement on Facebook, I thought that this could be the answer to my prayers. I didn’t even know that it was Digicel at the time.”

 “I’m really grateful to my mom for doing this for me,” said Samantha, who is from Aleppo district in St Mary.

“To be able to get this kind of help is just amazing and I’m really thankful that Digicel chose me!  I know I’m going to have to work really hard to make it through college but this gift from Digicel is a big encouragement and motivation for me to succeed.”


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