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Energy company BP T&T has deepened its invest-
ment in its Brighter Prospects tertiary education
scholarship programme to include studies at post-
graduate level, with the first recipients awarded
grants for their two-year tuition.
Tesila Manoe, who is pursuing a Master s in Global
Studies, and Vijay Jesse Alexander, who is doing his
Master s in Petroleum Engineering, are the first stu-
dents to be awarded scholarships for their postgraduate
studies under the Brighter Prospects programme.
They are pursuing their tuition at the UWI, St Augus-
tine, where they also graduated with their Bachelor s
A total of 114 tertiary level students from Mayaro
and environs, along with parents, packed the bpTT
Mayaro Resource Centre on October 25 for the cheque
distribution ceremony of the Brighter Prospects edu-
cation initiative, with 35 new students joining the
programme for the 2014/2015 academic year, a release
Brighter Prospects offers scholarships to tertiary
level students from the wider Mayaro region up to
a value of $20,000 for full-time post-graduate studies.
Since its inception in 2003, the programme has pro-
vided more than 450 scholarships and boasts more
than 140 successful graduates.
The principal objectives of the programme are:
• to encourage the pursuit of higher education among
residents of the Mayaro community, and
• to offer technical/vocational scholarships to students
with the ability, but without financial resources,
to fulfill their educational potential.
Underscoring the programme s vision was Joel
Primus, Government and Stakeholder Relations advis-
er, bpTT: "We consider the Brighter Prospects pro-
gramme to be one of the fundamental pillars of our
educational initiatives in Mayaro.
"These grants go beyond financial assistance to
pursue academic studies. We are really in the process
of developing global citizens right here in Mayaro
who are also expected to assist in the sustainable
development of their communities."
Tesila Manoe was very appreciative of the assistance
from bpTT to pursue her studies at both graduate
and post-graduate levels.
"A lot of us face serious economic constraints to
continue our education at tertiary level and this grant
goes a log way in easing our burdens.
"Don t stop at your first degree. Go on to do your
Master s and even your PhD. Be greedy when it comes
to your education. Take it to the highest level," Manoe
urged her fellow students.
First-time recipient Amanda Mahadeo, of Poole
Village, who has started a Bachelor s Degree in Eco-
nomics at UWI, was accompanied to the cheque dis-
tribution ceremony by her parents, Seeteram and
"This scholarship will go a long way in meeting
expenses we face as students, such as rent, books
and special fees. I intend to give everything to my
studies and to make proper use of these funds," said
a grateful Mahadeo, who is living in St Augustine
while at university.
The cheque distribution function featured an inspir-
ing presentation by motivational speaker Don La
Foucade, who spoke on the theme A Passion for Pur-
pose. La Foucade told the students that their attitude
could be the lock, or key, to their success, advising
them that great things are not achieved from comfort
Scholarship recipients are expected to give back
to their communities by volunteering in communi-
A seven-member selection committee, comprising
leaders from the south-east region headed by teacher
Wendell Perez, is responsible for the administration
of the programme, including screening of candidates
and coordinating volunteerism activities.
adviser, bpTT, presents a
scholarship cheque to
Amanda Mahadeo, who
is pursuing graduate
studies at the UWI, St.
Augustine. Her proud
parents, Parbatee and
Seeteram Mahadeo, join
in the occasion at the
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