Caribbean Maritime Institute to offer 3 full tuition scholarships to Antigua & Barbuda Nationals

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 From left: Honourable Gaston Browne Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Sub. Lt. Karl Jarvis, Ms. Lanise George, Pvt. Randolph Best, Ambassador Dwight Gardiner Director/Registrar General of the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping

 

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 28th August 2015… On the morning of Friday August 28th, 2015 the Prime Minister, the Honourable Gaston Browne met with the three scholarship awardees in his office.  He indicated how proud he was that they had received this opportunity based on their hard work.  He told them ‘You have been given the ideal opportunity to specialize in a particular field.  I have great expectations of you and I know that you will not only represent your country well but you will rise to this occasion and come back having achieved your academic goals to serve Antigua and Barbuda as qualified and experienced maritime technicians. This is only the beginning as we have great plans to develop the capacity and the local technical expertise in this very important and lucrative sector by having more nationals to receive the required training and experience.’ Ambassador Gardiner, the Director/Registrar General of the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS), was equally enthused and was the primary force behind the realization of this, the Prime Minister’s initiative.  He said ‘I want to thank the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) for these three tuition scholarships.  I would also like to thank the Honourable Prime Minister, our portfolio Minister, for his support and vision in this regard.  It gives me great pleasure to see that our meetings with the CMI have paid off and that young, bright, well deserving Antiguans and Barbudans will be going off in the next week to take up this opportunity.  This will assist in the capacity building of the maritime industry of Antigua and Barbuda, a critical goal and component of the ADOMS five (5) year strategic plan. ‘ The provision of these scholarships is a product of a collaboration between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Maritime Institute to make maritime education more accessible to Eastern Caribbean States.  Dr. Fritz Pinnock the Executive Director, of the CMI, on the occasion of a visit by a Jamaican consultative group in September of last year paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Prime Minister.  Their discussions included a long term proposal for a maritime faculty in Antigua and the immediate provision of three (3) full tuition scholarships to the CMI for Antigua and Barbuda nationals.   The three awardees are as follows:

  1. Sub Lt. Karl Jarvis (ABDF – Coast Guard) – Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation
  2. Pvt. Randolph Best (ABDF – Infantry Battalion)  - Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering
  3. Ms. Lanise George – Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation     
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