President Ali pledges support for CAPE scholar in university quest

President Dr Irfaan Ali on Friday promised to support Sherlock Junior Langevine’s dream of attending Stanford University by offsetting additional expenses of the scholarship awardee.

President Irfaan Ali and Sherlock Junior Langevine at the meeting on Friday

Guyana’s fourth-best performer at the 2019-2020 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) was accepted into the university on a US$324,000 scholarship, but there is a financial gap that needs to be filled before he can commence his studies.
The scholarship for the 19-year-old St Stanislaus College alumnus covers 95 per cent of the cost of his attendance at the university.
Earlier this week, though public support, Langevine raised additional funds to offset some of his expenses.
However, during the meeting, the Head of State congratulated the teenager on his accomplishments and promised to support his academic goals at the US university.
“Congratulations on your accomplishments. We wish you well, and we are proud not only about your accomplishments but proud about your vision and commitment to your future development. We have learnt about the gap, and we want to ensure you have the resources to complete your studies… We want to support you in this.”
Following a brief interaction with President Ali, Langevine, who hails from Victoria on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), expressed gratitude to the Head of State for his commitment and generosity.
“He is actually quite nice… it was very generous (of the President), and I know he is more or less going to stick to his word. I am very excited that I will be able to afford my undergrad education.”
He further explained that for him, it is a dream come true to be able to attend the prestigious Stanford University and he also took the opportunity to say how gracious the university has been with its financial aid.
Langevine secured 11 ones and 7 twos at CAPE. Public Service Minister, Sonia Parag and the Minister within the Housing and Water Ministry, Susan Rodrigues were also present at the meeting at State House.