Kyla Christian is the 2017 recipient of the Antigua Commercial Bank Louis H. Lockhart Scholarship, and Thalia Haywood is the recipient of the Bursary Award.
When asked what she believed set her apart from the other applicants Christian said that she credits her devotion to academics and extracurricular activities for her latest achievement.
“I’m involved in the Antigua & Barbuda Students association at UWI, and I’m also an executive in another group,” said Christian. “I think it was my general involvement and general love for education.”
She admitted that before receiving the scholarship, she was unsure about how she would get through her final year of University. She went on to say that a great weight has been lifted off her shoulders as she prepares to graduate.
Kyla Christian — 2017 recipient of the Antigua Commercial Bank Louis H. Lockhart Scholarship
Haywood credits her positivity during the interview process for her selection as the recipient of the Bank’s Bursary Award.
“I didn’t feel as nervous. I felt very happy and joyful,” said Haywood. “I think they liked my energy and spirit and that’s what stood out.”
Thalia Haywood — 2017 recipient of the Bursary Award
Since its evolution in 1993, the scholarship programme has been affording students entering their final year of University an opportunity to complete their degrees. The Antigua Commercial Bank Louis H. Lockhart Scholarship is valued at EC $50,000, while the Bursary Award is EC $10,000.
The Scholarship criteria is reviewed annually by the members of the Scholarship Screening Committee to ensure that the areas of study covered remain relevant. The deadline for the receipt of applications annually, is by the end of May. The applicants are then shortlisted for interview and the winners are chosen based on academic performance, financial need and extracurricular involvement.
“Our awardee this year has an excellent track record and we always look for the best,” said ACB Director Reginald Peterson, Chairman of the Scholarship Screening Committee. “She has all the characteristics of someone who not only has a desire to (complete her) first degree, but has a career path planned, and I think that was very important.” •