Public school students were recently celebrated, as 162 of them received scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States of America and Canada. The scholarships were granted through the Public School Scholars Programme (PSSP) by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, which, along with its partners, is offering approximately $2 million in scholarships for the 2018 academic year.
The majority of the awardees were the first in their families to have the opportunity to receive tertiary education and represent New Providence and seven Family Islands. Three of them — Lauren Albury, of Anatol Rodgers High School; Omar Davis, of C.I. Gibson High School; and Shawnteish Johnson, of R.M. Bailey High School — shared stirring journeys to becoming public school scholars.
Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd urged the scholars to never lose their spirit of gratitude and stay humble.
“The country has invested in you. We want a very sizeable return,” said Lloyd at the award ceremony held on June 22 at the National Training Agency. “You don’t have to give us a dollar, but you must give us your best. Explore, enjoy, advance yourself and be qualified. Come back home. This is where your navel string is buried,” he said.
Ricardo Deveaux, under secretary in the Ministry of Education, told recipients they must have a dream, and the power of their dream must be that they will leave The Bahamas to begin a new life, a new journey. He said the new journey must take them to a new place. He told them there are no guarantees, but the college experience is one they will benefit from.
“Be a student, make the required GPA [grade point average] and maintain your scholarships. Make an impact. Get involved in campus activities. Get to know college administrators. Leave a legacy so they will know a young man or young lady from The Bahamas walked this campus,” said Deveaux.
The PSSP was designed to motivate, elevate and transform the lives of Bahamian public school graduates to obtain a college education through the Ministry of Education and partnerships with international colleges and universities in the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe.