Press Release:- On Thursday, 25th July, 2019, Daren Sammy Foundation (DSF) held a special award ceremony where fifteen (15) Saint Lucian students were presented with scholarships for the upcoming school year 2019/2020. The total value of these scholarships was $28,000 Eastern Caribbean Dollars.
The Daren Sammy Foundation award scholarships are given every year to hardworking students from low-income families, covering tuition fees, school textbooks, bags and uniforms. Recipients are selected based on strict criteria which requires that the applicants must belong to a sports club or participate in extra-curricular activities, and have a grade average of seventy percent or more.
What makes this scholarship programme different is that many of the students continue to receive support through the foundation, as long as they continue to adhere to the criteria. This means that at least nine (9) of the students are receiving scholarships for the second or third time this year.
According to Mrs. Cathy Sammy, Vice-President of the Daren Sammy Foundation, “We are proud to once again, make a difference in the lives of many deserving students, for the upcoming school year. I believe that this year’s scholarship holders; some returning from last year, all mirror the dedication and discipline of our Founder, Daren Sammy, who has achieve excellence in international cricket. As a family brings us so much joy to help these students achieve goals that would otherwise not be possible for them.”
The Daren Sammy Foundation, was founded by International Cricketer and Saint Lucian sports legend, Daren Sammy with a mission to serve Saint Lucia by developing its youth through sports and education. Daren shared with the students that “you have a duty to make their parents proud. I know that this was what was driving me. To make my parents proud and to achieve in a way that would help them live better lives.”
Here are the recipients of this year’s scholarships:
Though the Foundation cannot extend its reach to everyone, the goal is help create a better future for Saint Lucia, one child at a time, and to inspire everyone to give back to their community.
The Daren Sammy Foundation would also like to thank all Corporate Partners who have ensured that the Daren Sammy Foundation continues to fulfill this mission. A special thank you to Digicel; OECS Marketing Manager Jamisha Wright who has pledged to ensure that twenty students will receive scholarships in 2020.
Digicel, Saint Lucia’s leading telecommunications company has been one of the key corporate partners of the Daren Sammy Foundation and its mission over the years.
The desire is to partner with even more local entities to significantly increase the number of students who will receive support in the near future.