Jael Browne of Calder and Ricklon Hutchinson of Union Island are the winners of the Dr. Erling Harry Scholarship.
The scholarship fund is set up specifically for Vincentian students to help them pursue their dreams by giving away two $8,000 scholarships.
Browne is pursuing a degree in international trade and she and her friends lead multiple non-profit programmes that provide moral support and guidance to young people in the community.
Hutchinson is originally from the Grenadines — both Union Island and Bequia.
He will be completing a degree in medicine at All Saints University and wants to specialise in neurosurgery. He hopes to one day to be able to help improve the medical transport system for the Grenadines, so its residents can get much needed medical care with a faster response time.
The managers of the fund say that because there were so many impressive candidates for this scholarship, they also created three smaller scholarship funds for the following applicants: Calvon Charles of Enham, Charmaine Cyrus of Longwall, and Judaja Prescott of Kingstown.
“Through this process, we saw that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a bright future with a phenomenal leaders ready to make an impact. We hope these contributions help these amazing individuals achieve their goals as well as benefit the country as a whole in the future,” the scholarship managers said on their website.
The scholarship is in memory of Dr. Erling Harry who often quoted Acts 20:35 — “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
“He was one of the first Vincentian doctors ever to practice in the United States back in the late 1960s. Because he was from the small town of Biabou, he knew how much of an impact he could make back at home. During the next fice decades, Dr. Harry helped fund local hospital projects, bring patients from St. Vincent with rare diseases to be operated on, sent medicine and supplies back home, as well as helped mentor Vincentian students in the medical field. He knew that only through the generosity of others was he able to have the opportunities to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. He felt compelled to provide those opportunities to others,” the scholarship organizers said.
Persons interested in applying for the scholarship can do so by following this link: http://bit.ly/DrErlingOHarryScholarshipApplication