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JM | Dec 3, 2021

Mico University College students benefit from $1.2M scholarship

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Members of the Mico University College, 146 Batch Alumni Maxine Lawrence (left) and Natalie Ferreira-Reid (right) share advice with Donice Gardener, a Mico business studies major and one of 12 students to receive $100,000 towards tuition from the 146th Batch on December 2, 2021 at the Marescaux Road-based University College.

A group of Mico University College past students who go by the moniker ‘The 146th’ have made a timely donation of $1.2 million to 12 current needy students to assist with their tuition and other costs at the institution.

Members of the batch, who attended the University College from 1981 to 1984, got into action last year at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide financial aid and made a donation of $1 million to 10 needy students in 2020.

This year they have been able to increase the total by $200,000 and the number of beneficiaries by two. Each recipient will receive a total of $100,000.

This year, they have been able to increase the total by $200,000 and the number of beneficiaries by two. Each recipient will receive a total of $100,000.

For varying reasons, including the impact of the pandemic, these families could not continue to provide their tuition and without this help, students would not have been able to complete their studies.

Donovan Henry, a founding member of the group who spoke from overseas, was glowing in description of the impact of The Mico on their lives and, as such, the need to pay it forward to the current students.

“We came to The Mico with uncertainty, we came to The Mico with youthful frivolity, we came to The Mico with limitations. Mico gave us agency over our destiny, Mico gave us maturity and visionary clarity,” Henry said.

“Mico taught us to be bold in our intentions and our interactions. Mico gave us something so substantial and consequential then it changed the trajectory of our lives forever. That is why we have come to give back and we do so with gratitude and with humility.” 

The Mico University College Special Education major Ray-Jay Thompson (right) delivering a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to members of the 146th Batch Alumni for their $1.2 million donation to support the tuition needs of 12 students on December 2 at the Marescaux Road-based University College. Looking on from left are: Mico University College President Dr Asburn Pinnock and Director of Alumni Development Sharon Bogues Wolfe.

In his address to the scholarship recipients, President Dr Asburn Pinnock echoed the sentiment.

“Whenever I meet a Miconian or someone who has been impacted by The Mico, I keep reflecting on the fact that we continue to turn out students such as you [who give back]. To my recipients, I hope you are watching and taking note of what is happening because that is the hallmark of a Miconian, the drive to give back. Community and service is very important.”

Two of the scholarship recipients spoke on behalf of the twelve beneficiaries.

Donice Gardener, a final-year student majoring in Business education, said the scholarship would remove the pressure from her grandmother who has been bearing the financial burden of sending her to school.

“My grandmother works every day as a domestic helper to help pay for my education, and because of this scholarship, she will be able to rest and focus more on herself.”

Recipients of The Mico University College, 146 Batch Tuition Award Ray-Jay Thompson (front, left) and Donice Gardener (front, right) alongside Members of the146 Batch Alumni during during an official handover of $1.2 million to support tuition needs of 12 students on December 2 at the Marescaux Road-based University College. From left are: Director of Alumni Development Sharon Bouges Wolfe, Dr Vivienne Pitter, Natalie Ferreira-Reid, Hope Evans Wilson, Maxine Lawrence, Mico University College President Dr Asburn Pinnock (far right). Back row: Everaldo Orr, Holmer Morgan, Brian Phillpotts-Brown and Nola Phillpotts-Brown.

Ray-Jay Thompson, a third-year Special Education major, said the scholarship would ease the burden on both himself and his family.

“Being a recipient of the Batch of 146 Scholarship is a big moment for me because with this scholarship I will be able to fully focus on my studies and continue to participate in extracurricular activities. My mother could cease the borrowing of loans to pay my tuition because of this scholarship.”

Nola Phillpotts-Brown, chair of the Fundraising Committee, said they hope to make an impact on the lives of the current students.

“We hope to change some lives, change the trajectory. Many of the students indicated that they did not have the funds to pay because their parents had lost their jobs as a result of downsizing.”

Phillpotts-Brown said that 100 persons make up the Batch of 146 Scholarship donors and they intend to continue to make these donations on a yearly basis. 

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