On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, NEW GPC INC. presented bursary awards to four children of employees, who were successful at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) 2021 Examinations.
The bursary awardees were Amelia Griffith, Clairmone Browne, Usain Austin and Niesha Khan, children of Melissa Sinclair-Griffith, Vilma Brown, Vanies Austin and Nadira Khan, respectively.
During a simple handing over ceremony held in the company’s Paul E. Fredericks Boardroom, Mr. Sean Noel, Company Secretary, told the recipients “A bright future awaits you, so I encourage you to continue studying, continue being supportive around the home, continue being obedient to your parents, relatives and teachers. Make new friends, but make sure that you choose your friends well. Recognize that when you work smart and hard, it pays off.”
Speaking also at the ceremony were a previous and a current awardee. Mr. Shaqueon Scott, a recipient of a bursary from NEW GPC INC during 2010 – 2014, and now employed at the company as a Pharmacist, stated “One of the most important things I will stress is that your school does not define you. Some of you may have scored in the top five high schools or other high schools. But it matters not the uniform you wear for the next five years, only where you plan to be in the next five years.” He further expressed “I was fortunate to have my very first work attachment experience at the NEW GPC INC and, through exposure to the environment in the laboratory, I found a love for chemistry. From there I was motivated to continue my studies at the Government Technical Institute to obtain a Diploma in the sciences of chemistry. It was at this point where I truly found my profession, thus, I decided to pursue a Degree in Pharmacy at the University of Guyana. It was only while studying that I found what I really held a passion for and as students I advise that you never close your mind off to any possibilities while studying.”
Ms. Christine Bhola, a current recipient from 2015, who is now in the Sixth Form at her school, advised the recipients, “Be dedicated towards your studies since there will be lots of distractions such as social media, but be disciplined and have a positive attitude towards your education.”
Human Resources Officer at NEW GPC INC, Mrs. Fay Smartt-Scott, in her remarks, stated “NEW GPC INC would be happy to welcome you as an employee if you choose to pursue the clinical and health sciences as your career. We wish you the very best during your years at Secondary School.”
Each awardee was presented with a cash prize of $25,000, payable annually during their Secondary School, providing that they attain a minimum pass rate of 60 percent each term. Further, those who choose to proceed to the Sixth Form, will be supported for that two-year period. In addition to the cash at the ceremony, the students were given electronic devices to aid in their online learning activities.