ON Thursday, 25th July, 2019 the Daren Sammy Foundation (DSF) held a special award ceremony where15 Saint Lucian students were presented with scholarships for the upcoming school year 2019/2020. The total value of these scholarships amounted to $28,000 Eastern Caribbean Dollars.
The DSF 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 of the students are receiving scholarships for the second or third time this year.
According to Mrs. Cathy Sammy, Vice-President of the 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 achieved excellence in international cricket. As a family it 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 personality 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 your 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.”