One of the recipients who was awarded a scholarship to pursue studies at the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Jamaica is anticipating great things ahead of his 5 year studies.
On Thursday, the Government awarded maritime scholarships to 17 young Antiguans and Barbudans to develop their skills and to ultimately develop and maintain the country’s already high standard of the Port Authority.
22 yr old Deondre Lawrence told ZDK news that after being selected from a group of 41 prospects, he now feels obligated to show his capabilities and show the country that they made the right decision by selecting him.
“Being selected from a group of 41, I feel obligated to the country after being selected to further my studies in this particular field, so i have no choice but to go over and excel in whatever i have to do.”
He said that receiving the scholarship is a major opportunity for him as it is a chance at new beginnings.
“On my part it means quite a lot actually, it says to me that they trust and believe in me that I can go over there and do what they actually need me to do and also being afforded this kind of opportunity it’s a chance for new beginnings.”
Lawrence said that he has long shared a passion for navigating, along with some of the other scholarship recipients, which is why they are looking forward to the new experiences that comes with the opportunity.
The nation’s leader while congratulating the 17 scholarship recipients on Thursday said he hopes that each individual will continue to show their commitment to the twin island state.
The Students leave for Jamaica on August 23rd.