Students Receive Money from ROC (Taiwan) for Academic Development

(EMU) – St. Kitts, Nov 2, 2012: Students from Institutions throughout St. Kitts and Nevis received Monetary Scholarships from the Republic of China (Taiwan), an event which they eagerly anticipate each year.

In a ceremony which celebrated the achievements of these students several officials including Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Minister of Education Hon. Nigel Carty and H.E. Ambassador Miguel Tsao addressed the students.

They were encouraged to continue to excel or improve in their work. Each speaker emphasized the importance of using the monetary amount to advance themselves academically.

This annual scholarship given by the Republic of China (Taiwan) is special because the funds are given directly to the students and it is expected that they will use their discretion to make responsible choices in terms of its use.

Minister of Education Hon Nigel Carty told the students about a time when he himself wondered where his school supplies would come from. He emphasized the fact that even the source of his school clothes and shoes were uncertain and urged recipients to use the funds wisely.

“As we accept these awards we recognize that this journey we have been on since 1983 was partners in development, should continue to redound to the benefit of both our peoples. Minister Carty said in expressing thanks to Ambassador Tsao and expressing hope for continued advancement.

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas said what stood out to him most as he considered the students receiving these funds, was that each one of them has the opportunity to be outstanding citizens by practicing kind gestures themselves perhaps not at the same level but with the same heart of generosity that the ROC had exemplified.

Prime Minister Douglas reminded students that they would reap benefits. “Hard work has its rewards; Special effort produces special opportunities and Discipline and sacrifice always bring benefits he stated”

Ambassador Tsao explained his country’s decision to provide these scholarships. “St. Kitts and Nevis and The Republic of China (Taiwan) are not rich in natural resources but no resource is as valuable as human resources. We can therefore move forward and grow together.”

Students at the Tier One Level of University receive the amount of E.C. $2500.

Students at Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College Receive E.C. $2000.

All other students receive E.C. $400. The total amount distributed to students by the ROC is E.C. $200,000.

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