Diana Falconer and Dermott Parchment two past students of the Barbary Hall Church School have been presented with scholarships by the three-year old Barbary Hall Church School foundation in St. Elizabeth. The presentation took place at the Lacovia High School in the parish on Friday, September 12.
The Barbary Hall Foundation of St. Elizabeth is dedicated to helping primary level students and others in their pursuit of higher education.
Both Diana and Dermott did well in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and received $10,000 each to assist with their tuition and other school related expenses.
Just before handing over the cheques, treasurer of the Barbary Hall Church School foundation, Jane Neil said that these scholarships reflected the foundation’s commitment to education.She also noted that the awards were based on the students’ attendance as well as academic performance in school. Mrs. Neil herself a school principal added that anyone who would like to make contribution to the foundation should feel free to do so through its board of directors.
And president of the foundation, Maudlyn Roach in an interview with the Gleaner after the presentation said, "We hope to increase the amount of money and the amount of students we assist as soon as we get off the ground with our fundraising drive. We have members of the foundation in England, United States of America and in Canada who will contribute funds right away.”
The foundation was formed in the year 2000 following a reunion of past students of the Barbary Church School. The members decided that funds could be pooled together from their contributions to help needy students from the community.