The economic and socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic has been far reaching, making already stretched national resources more difficult to obtain, further disenfranchising families who have been struggling to make ends meet, and educationally, setting back children without the means to participate in the online learning environment. Recognizing these challenges, Co-op Bank, in its quest to always support the education of its citizens, decided to enhance the Super Starter Education Investment Plan Programme to benefit more students, in more ways.
Effective this year, there are twenty-eight (28) available spots for silver category scholarships, four students per parish, each receiving a value of $1,200 every year for the remainder of their primary school careers. There are twenty-eight (28) gold category scholarships, four students per parish each receiving one laptop this year and a value of $2,500 every year for the remainder of their secondary school careers. The platinum category scholarship, which considers tertiary education, was enhanced to provide three (3) spots for students attending T.A. Marryshow Community College – a value of $3,000 each and one laptop computer – and two (2) scholarships for university education – each valued at $45,000.
In the presence of the Bank’s Auditors, Pannell Kerr Forster, twenty-seven (27) silver category winners, twenty-seven (27) gold category winners, three (3) platinum category (T.A.M.C.C.) and two (2) platinum category (university) winners were chosen in a random lottery draw, bringing the number of scholarships awarded over the past eleven (11) years to 213, a financial investment of over $800,000.
Previously, seven (7) silver scholarships were awarded to primary school students, seven (7) gold scholarships were awarded to secondary school students, and every two (2) years, one (1) platinum scholarship valued at $45,000 was awarded for tertiary education.
Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited