St. Ann and St. Mary students get education boost


August 12, 2016
Contributed Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson (left), presents a First Regional Co-operative Credit Union bursary to Tori-Ann Barnett, a second-year Special Education student at The Mico University College.

Twenty-one high-school and tertiary-level students from the parishes of St Ann and St Mary were on Wednesday presented with scholarships, bursaries, and book grants by First Regional Cooperative Credit Union.

Shahine Robinson, the labour and social security minister in whose North East St Ann constituency the handover ceremony was held, said that the financial institution's support for education is a reflection of the concepts on which credit unions were founded many years ago.

"Through this goodwill of sponsoring the education of our children, the management of First Regional Co-operative Credit Union has integrated a social concern through its business operations, and that is commendable. This philanthropic initiative is worthy of emulation," Robinson said.

She congratulated the recipients and urged them to seize the opportunity that is being provided as they move one step closer to attaining their academic goals.

"You are being given the opportunity to internalise the true meaning of social responsibility and by how caring for each other, you, too, can make meaningful contributions to our society. You have been privileged, you have been blessed, and do not let this opportunity to improve on yourself slip by," Robinson said.

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