The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Friday last presented 25 students with bursaries following their successful completion of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) Examinations.
The awardees represented the top 25 children of uniformed ranks and civilian employees of the GDF who attained 75 per cent or greater at the NGSA, a statement from the army said, adding that the students will receive the award every year for the next five years.
Raoul Nicholls of Queen’s College, Jamahl Cort of the Bishops’ High and Javier St Claire of St Roses High were the top three awarded.
Lieutenant Colonel Dwain Jervis encouraged the awardees to always aim for high ideals, adding that while they have completed the NGSA, this was just the first step.
“So continue to work hard for the next five years so you can celebrate even more when you successfully complete the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations. I would like to see some of you in the top one per cent or achieve at least 10 subjects. Continue working hard, Don’t Stop!”
Jervis also encouraged the students to maintain the level of focus and not fall prey to the many distractions which abound.
He congratulated the awardees and extended the sentiments to their parents and dearly encouraged them to continue to support their children.
Top awardee Raoul Nicholls expressed gratitude to the army for the gesture.
He assured that he and the others are grateful and honoured to be recipients of the bursary and promised that they would heed the advice given.
The GDF began awarding bursaries in 1974 and this group of awardees brings the number of recipients over the years to 880