|Foundation awards scholarship|
|Friday, 21 October 2011 10:38|
The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Foundation changed the life of a Turks and Caicos Islander this week when it awarded her with a two year scholarship to the Turks and Caicos Community College on Providenciales.
Vernessa Forbes was awarded the Princess Kenya Larvone Jagger scholarship in business this week by the TCICCF. Forbes was selected by a committee based on a set criteria, including being a new student studying business and a Turks and Caicos Islander.
Established in 2010, the TCICCF is volunteer foundation whose aim is to raise awareness and funds to support the local community college. The organization is lead by Dr. Carlton Mills, an activist in education for decades.
The scholarship could not have come at a better time for the student and the school. TCCC Principal Samuel Forbes says while enrollment for the year was up, tough economic times have caused several students to pull out of the programme. School fees are due in full at the beginning of each semester, a price which was too high to pay for a number of first and second year students.
The government recently awarded a number of students scholarships to attend associate’s degree programmes at the Providenciales campus, but many still await a second round of considerations by the Ministry of Education.
Forbes says he has made accommodations for some of the students, including Vernessa, by putting them on a payment plan to help facilitate the opportunity for them to pursue their education.
“In these times I realize many of our people are struggling,” Forbes told the fp. His mission is to do whatever possible to make sure a higher education is available to as many individuals as possible, particularly when it is so badly needed at this stage of the country’s growth, he said.
More than 150 students attend classes at the Providenciales campus of the TCCC in both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programmes. Associate’s degree programmes are offered in the areas of hospitality, science and technology, business, primary education, computers and electrical engineering.
Newly added are two bachelor’s programmes aimed at growing talent for the major local industry of tourism. The courses are offered during evenings, where the majority of participants work days in the industry and study at night.
“I lift my hat to those working eight hours a day and come to the evening programme,” Forbes said of the dedicated and hard-working students who attend the classes. Both programmes, bachelor’s in business — with a concentration in Human Resource management, finance and banking — and bachelor’s in hospitality — with a focus on hotel management and tourism — are both well attended at the school.
Forbes said he is extremely grateful for the support of the TCICCF and other corporate and community sponsors. On Oct. 24 the school is hosting a Family Fun day at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex to raise funds for much needed infrastructure upgrades.
The TCICCF Foundation members help to provide scholarships for students to promote and further the education of the nation. Gold membership is available for $500 or silver for $250, or you can change the life of a student forever by offering a one year scholarship for $2,500. Contact Dr. Carlton Mills at
for more information.
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