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July 29th, 2016

Chairman’s Remarks at the 20th Anniversary of the SEA Scholarship Awards

 

Opening Remarks delivered by Mr. Krishna Boodhai – Chairman, UTC UTC’s SEA Scholarship Award Ceremony July 28, 2016

  • Elma Joyeau Campbell, School Supervisor III, Port of Spain and Environs Education District
  • UTC Executive Director, Mr. Ian Chinapoo
  • Dionne Guischard, Psychologist, Families in Action
  • Members of the Management Team of the Unit Trust Corporation
  • UTC Scholars
  • Parents, grandparents and relatives
  • Members of the Media
  • Ladies and Gentlemen

It gives me immense pleasure to be here with you this morning to share a momentous and auspicious occasion.  To the parentsand guardianswho took the time to be here, members of the UTC management andof course, our celebrated UTC scholars, it is with great pride I welcome youto the 20th anniversary of Unit Trust Corporation’s SEA ScholarshipProgramme.

By all accounts, this is a milestone achievement because 20 years in no mean feat for any organization. For us, it is a culmination of perseverance and a determined focus to ensure that the educational needs of our students were addressed, no matter the circumstances.

As most of you know, the SEA program was established in 1996 to assist our youth who have the academic brilliance and potential – but find themselves at a disadvantage due to financial challenges.  It grieved us at the UTC that students could not reach their full potential – and we took the decision to try and make a difference. Today, the legacy of SEA is tangible and we continue to leave an indelible mark on the education landscape. More than that, we are buoyed by being able to make a positive and constructive impact on our students’ lives.

I now ask our UTC scholars to take a look around the room because it is a moment that you will take with you. Today, you should feel a huge sense of accomplishment and self-worth, today is a day that you celebrate your efforts. For the past few months, for some it has been years, your life has been focused on studying for the SEA exam. It has revolved around completing past papers, late nights – and lessons and more lessons.

But remember this SEA examination is just one step along the way. What you choose to do with the opportunities presented is up to you and you alone. Yes, your parents and mentors can guide you, but everything depends on you and the choices you make.

This year, the theme of our SEA Scholarship program is “Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve,” a tribute and recognition to our nation’s motto.  We live in a plural society and it is important to come together as a people, despite race, religion or culture.And part of the UTC’s responsibility is to give back to the communities in which we serve.

To the students here, the long road to success has just begun. As you transition from primary to secondary school, you will need to harness discipline and focus even more than before. You must continue setting your goals, prioritizing your aspirations and applying yourself to your studies so you can reach your goals.

For our part, we remain focused and committed to your development and want to see our scholars rise to excellence. Our duty is to provide you with the ingredients to make positive decisions and equip you with the tools to make meaningful change.

This is an exciting new chapter in your life, and I urge to you embrace it. I will leave you with a quote from V.S Naipaul: “After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities”. So remember your ideas can drive your dreams and the possibilities are endless.

Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and all the best and success for your future!