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Address delivered by Mr. Ian Chinapoo – Executive Director UTC’s SEA Scholarship Award Ceremony July 31, 2015


Address delivered by

Mr. Ian Chinapoo – Executive Director

UTC’s SEA Scholarship Award Ceremony

July 31, 2015

  • Members of the Management Team of the Unit Trust Corporation
  • Dieonne Guischard, Youth Education Manger, Families In Action
  • Rynessa Cutting, Past SEA Scholar
  • UTC Scholars
  • Parents, grandparents and relatives
  • Members of the Media
  • Ladies and Gentlemen

I welcome to the 19thannual Unit Trust CorporationSEA Scholarship Awards.

I am sure that you feel an immense measure of pride at having gone through the rigour of the SEA examination, from the day you received your results and even now you would feel that sense of accomplishment and self-worth. For many of you it will be a moment that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.You will feel it even more when you put on that uniform, to your new school and why not? You would have earned it.This is an occasion to celebrate your success and we are happy to celebrate it with you.

Our 2015SEA theme is “Writing Your Own Story.”I want you to think of the decisions you make, the habits you develop and the friends you are going to be keeping, for instance. Let your story be one that brings value to everything you do.

My advice to you is to stay focused and determined even when challenges come your way, and believe me,you will encounter many hurdles throughout your journey.

It is the challenges that will shape your lives and motivate you. The SEA examination, I am sure taught, you the value of sacrifice, hard work and how to set goals and achieve them. These are the ingredients that will help you write your own story as you move through the various stages of your life.

Now, you will experience the transition from primary to secondary school. The discipline and focus does not end with SEA, you have to continue setting your priorities and applying yourself to your studies.As onecalypsonian once said, “The journey now start.”

Our SEA Scholarship Programme was established in 1996to help youths,like yourselves, achieve their academic potential.In that year we started off with 2 students, today 116 have benefitted from it.

This year, twelve (12) new students will each receive vouchers to purchase books and relevant school supplies to the value of $1,500 per student, per year, for a seven year period.This extends to tertiary level education students who receive $2,500 per year for books and supplies.In 2015 our contribution to our scholars, is approximately $130,000.

When we witness the triumph of our scholars, it fills us with immense pride, as we see you as an extension of the UTC family. All of us here will have the pleasure of seeing you grow and nurture throughout the years.

We remain focused and committed to your development and we believe that you have the potential to rise to excellence. Our duty is to provide you with the ingredients to propel you forwardand help put you on the road to attaining your dreams.

As I end my presentation and as I reflect on the theme “Writing your own story,” I want to offer some advice to you, our scholars:

  • Change is the only constant – change happens every day and the only way to succeed is being able to adapt to it. Imagine if we didn’t adapt to changes in technology – online banking and smart phones which makes information readily accessible.
  • Use every opportunity to add value – giving your best effort at all times will reap rewards, even if you don’t see it right away.
  • Avoid the temptation to complain and blame, choose to be positive because what you throw out into the world is what you will get back.
  • Surround yourself with positive people – choose your friends wisely, those that will lift you up and keep you energized.
  • Stay curious. There is a whole world out there waiting for you.

This is a new and exciting chapter of your lives, so I urge you to embrace it. I want to leave you with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Remember, you can make a difference as you write your own story.

Congratulations on a job well done and all success for your future!