Nearly 1/3 of all Lyford Cay Foundations 2021 scholarships go to technical training – EyeWitness News

Posted: September 10, 2021 at 5:27 am

NASSAU, BAHAMAS The desire to possess job-ready technical skills may have hit a new high with nearly one third of this years Lyford Cay Foundation scholarship winners opting to earn a technical degree.

The Foundations awarded 26 new scholarships this term to students pursuing a diverse range of studies in Canada and the United States. This year, eight recipients are pursuing technical degrees, with more than half taking up studies to prepare them for careers in health-related fields.

Lyford Cay Foundations Executive Director Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle said: Based on the applications we received, there was particularly strong interest in technical training and we are grateful to our donors who have consistently funded these scholarships.

She added: We have an independent panel of technical experts who assess our applicants, evaluate their selected schools, career paths and the likelihood of the applicant securing employment or entrepreneurial opportunities in The Bahamas when finished with their education.

Virgill-Rolle noted: The Lyford Cay Foundations have been strong supporters of technical and vocational skills upgrading in The Bahamas and seek to do more in this area in response to the growing need for skilled persons in technical professions, she noted.

We were delighted to award Grand Bahamian Dwayne Auguste, who had previously attended St Georges High School and BTVI (the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute), is seeking a diploma in an industrial trade welding fabrication a field he says is in dire need of locals, especially as the Grand Bahama Shipyard is set for a $300 million expansion that will make it a world leader in hauling and repair.

Auguste will be heading to Holland College in Canada.

The five students studying health-related disciplines include:

The final two technical award recipients are Apryl Miller, who attended St Johns College and is going on to study for a Bachelors degree in theatre at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas, USA and who has a special interest in the technical aspects of stagecraft; and Niara Black, who attended St Annes School and will be working toward a Bachelors degree in aerospace management/aeronautics at Averett University in Virginia with a concentration in flight operations. Black wants to be a jet pilot for Bahamasair.

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