The New Democratic Party (NDP) announced on Monday the establishment of a secondary school scholarship in honour of former party spokesman, Elwardo “EG” Lynch.
Lynch, 70, died on July 9 and was buried on Saturday.
He was host of the NDP’s “New Times” programme on NICE Radio for 11 years before an extended period of illness that began in late 2012.
President of the NDP and Leader of the Opposition, Arnhim Eustace announced the establishment of the scholarship on the New Times programme, and said it is in recognition of Lynch’s “ardent love for learning and his own personal pursuit of secondary education at a time when poverty excluded him from the halls of a secondary school”.
The NDP will award a five-year
scholarship to a primary school student who has matriculated into secondary school, Eustace said.
The NDP, starting in the new school year in 2014, will finance the education of the successful candidate.
Eustace said applications should be sent to:
EG Lynch Secondary School Scholarship
Murray’s Road Kingstown Vc0100
Deadline for receiving applications is Aug. 8, 2014.
Bryan Alexander, in eulogising Lynch, said Lynch “made history” in his educational achievement.
“E.G.’s parents could not afford to send him to secondary school, so, undeterred, he set about teaching himself. He borrowed textbooks from friends and was helped by a few fellow teachers in their spare time. … Our mostly self-taught friend sat seven O’Levels on his own and passed six, earning a distinction in English language, which was almost unheard of in those days,” Alexander said.