By: Precious Mills
BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Tuesday 4th September 2018)– Over the past weekend, eight new high school students in St. Kitts-Nevis were inducted into the Warren C. Tyson Memorial Scholarship Programme provided by TDC Group of Companies Ltd.
The 37th annual induction ceremony was held on Saturday 1st September at the TDC Training Room at its head office on Fort Street.
The 2018 awardees are: Andrenique Parris (Tucker Clarke Primary) – Basseterre High School; Adia Hodge (Sandy Point Primary)- Cayon High School; Denroy Williams (Sandy Point Primary)- Charles E. Mills Secondary); Dennidra Evelyn (Saddler Primary)- Saddler Secondary School; Cardeen Caines (Tyrell Williams Primary)- Verchilds High School; Makalia Tucker (Dr. William Connor Primary) from St.Kitts as well as Tyzjaun Wade (St. Thomas Primary)-Charlestown Secondary School and Yudell Wisdom (Jocelyn Liburd)-Gingerland Secondary School from the sister isle of Nevis.
New this time around was a runners-up category featuring seven (7), first time high school students, recognised under the TDC Financial Services Excellence Award programme.
At the ceremony, each memorial scholarship student received a certificate while the runners-up each got a backpack containing $300 worth of school supplies.
The excellence award recipients are: Imogen Archibald (Ivor Walters Primary) – Charlestown Secondary School and Tyra Phillip (Violet O. Jeffers-Nicholls Primary)- Gingerland Secondary School from Nevis as well as Tona-Shay Miller (Irish Town Primary)- Basseterre High School; Delisha Burke (Cayon Primary)- Cayon High School; De-Anne Abbott (Newton Ground Primary School)- Charles E. Mills Secondary; Kadmiel Richards (Dieppe Bay Primary)- Saddlers Secondary School and Tamira Medford (Irish Town Primary)- Washington Archibald High School) from St.Kitts.
Group Senior Human Resource Officer Gloria Esdaille Robinson, in welcoming the students to the TDC family, expressed “We have you for seven critical and perhaps the most important developmental years of your life, and guess what we do get to know you personally so go the distance. The five years of high school and the two years of CFBC. Do not fall short of the expectation to complete the full period of this programme for which TDC has committed to you.”
She urged parents not to allow their children to quite the programme.
“Parents, don’t let them quit the programme because you think they could be working elsewhere and earning more to help you. Believe you me I know what I’m talking about. A full education through the WCT Scholarship programme will position them to earn much more than minimum wage and it will save you the parents from paying for evening classes because they choose [not] to leave the scholarship. Go the distance with the programme.”
Addressing the awardees, she had this to say: “Students learn as much as you can. Recognise, as you are surrounded by family friends and those students who are the runners up for this prestigious scholarship, that you have been blessed with a unique opportunity to be molded, shaped and prepared for the world ahead. Take the instructions you will receive seriously and maximize your potential to reach for your dreams. There have been some students who unfortunately made some poor choices and did not complete the programme. I hasten to say, do not be like them. Remember that this is a partnership for success so protect your relationship with us by taking responsibility for your performance and returning the highest grades in all subject areas displaying exemplary behaviour in and out of school and of course while you’re at TDC.”
Esdaille Robinson continued: “Communicate well with us and we believe that at the end of this chapter of your lives, you will say it was great for me to have been a member of TDC. The sky is the limit for you students. Let us work diligently and aspire to achieve our company’s motto ‘Together We Succeed’.”
Programme Director Nicolas Menon, during his remarks, spoke about first chairman of TDC (Mr. Warren C. Tyson) informing that the programme was established after him in 1981.
“…I’ve never got to meet him but I was told he had a passion for education, training and developing people so we took that and developed this programme in his honour.”
He explained that the scholarship programme is designed to assist students in providing financial assistance through the course of their high school careers not just financial assistance but also support “because the challenges today are different to the challenges that I faced and my colleagues faced so it’s a difficult journey that you are going to have to traverse.”
The TDC official went on to say: “It’s not just about school though, it’s about work, setting self-discipline, allowing you to have skillsets that are transferable so that you are marketable to the workplace in the future. We expect you to come in and work with us on your vacation, learn about our different departments, learn about the business that we’re in and see if any peek your interest…”
Menon listed areas such as engineering, sales, marketing and Information technology and further told the students “It gives you a chance to touch and feel all those careers and professions as well. It’s not just work though; there are some fun things involved.”
Such leisure events include Christmas and summer holiday activities.
According to him, to date over 240 students that have passed through the programme costing the company over $6 million.
“It’s a huge investment for us but we believe a very, very worthwhile investment in all of you. At present 47 students are in the programme with eight graduating this year [plus] six (6) going into CFBC [Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College]…”
Additionally, he admonished. “It’s a pleasure having students who are enthusiastic. It’s a nightmare having students that don’t choose to participate fully so please take this seriously,”
Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dorothy Warner has applauded TDC for its contribution in the academic field in saying that such a programme provides a “wonderful opportunity for TDC-a corporate giant in the Federation to display its partnership with the Ministry of Education in celebrating the academic prowess of our grade six students now entering secondary schools. The funds distributed through this project improves the chances of success of students who would otherwise not have the wherewithal to do well at school.”