by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Shanai Liburd and Racquela Burke, recipients of the Medical University of the Americas – Nevis Island Administration Scholarship, were officially recognised during a brief handing-over ceremony on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at the Gender Affairs Conference room.
Miss Shanai Liburd will be pursuing studies in the area of Nutrition and Dietetics at West Illinois University in the United States of America, whilst Miss Racquela Burke will be studying Counseling at the Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica.
The scholarship values up to $US 22,500 a year per recipient for up to four years. The scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0-grade point average to retain the scholarship.
Liburd and Burke joined 22 other beneficiaries of the scholarship agreement, including 17 females and five males who were awarded between the period 2011 to 2022.
A committee made up of representatives in health, education, human resources, and the private sector were tasked with selecting the two scholarship recipients from a list of several applicants, giving consideration to the island’s priority list and workforce needs in the area of health.
Jahnel Nisbett, Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration and Permanent Secretary Shelisa Martin-Clarke encouraged the scholars to embrace the opportunity, focus on the goal and return home with the necessary skills and willingness to contribute to Nevisian society.