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Thirty-one receive gdf bursaries

The Guyana Defence Force today presented Bursaries valued $25,000 each per year, over the next five years, to 31 students at its 2010 Bursary awards ceremony at Base Camp Ayanganna.

The bursaries are awarded annually, throughout their secondary school education years, to the children of Officers, Other Ranks and civilian employees of the Force who successfully complete the National Grade Six Examination and gain places at secondary school. Children of civilian employees of the Force first received the awards in 2009.

Heading the award recipients was Miss. Jada George who gained 533 marks at the examination. Second and third place awardees were Miss Miriam Gaskin and Master Jehu West with 523 and 521 marks respectively. Miss George and Miss Gaskin were awarded places at Queens College, while Master West is attending the Saint Stanislaus College. The GDF continues to present bursaries not only as recognition of the efforts of the students themselves but also in recognition of the interest, encouragement and sacrifices made by their parents and guardians toward ensuring that they get secondary education.

In brief remarks at the award ceremony, Lt Col Leyland Saul congratulated the awardees and their parents for the hard work and dedication that resulted in success. He reminded the awardees that they had crossed another hurdle on their path to success and encouraged them to apply the same will, determination and focus to their new studies. This, he advised, would ensure that they garner similar success five years hence. Lt Col Saul also encouraged the students to read a lot since the activity held the key to enhancing their understanding in every subject area. Additionally, he urged the parents not to let up on their vigilance but to continue providing much love and support to their children every step of the way. Alluding to the Chief Of Staff Award which is given to students who excel at CSEC, he pointed out that the awardees stood to benefit once again at the completion of their secondary education, provided they gained five and more Grade Ones, at the CSEC examinations.

Moving the Vote of Thanks, Miss Jada George, said that she and her peers understood the advice given to them, and assured all present that, they will commit themselves to working harder to sustain and surpass their current levels of success. Se also expressed thanks to the Chief-of-Staff and all Officers and Ranks of the Force for celebrating with them and extending such meaningful support through the bursaries.

The Force extends congratulations to all of its Bursary recipients and wishes them much success in the future.