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IRST HERITAGE Co-

operative Credit Union

(FHC) continues to be more

than just a financial institution.

Our vision at FHC is “to be a

world-class financial institution

focused on enhancing the welfare

of members, employees, and

communities in which we operate”.

It is in light of our vision that the

FHC Foundation was established to

provide outreach that will uplift our

members and communities. Since its

inception, one of the key initiatives of

the FHC Foundation has been to

improve access to educational

opportunities through the provision of

grants and scholarships to students

who meet the required eligibility

profile as we are aware that often,

scholarships are the only avenue for

those with limited resources to

acquire higher education.

Through the FHC Foundation, we

continue to have a positive impact on

our nation’s youth through our

scholarship programme, which

encapsulates several awards: the

Oswald J. Thorbourne and Renald

Mason Scholarships for tertiary

students and a GSAT Bursary and

five-year GSAT Scholarship for

students at the primary level.

Our scholarships and bursaries are

open to all our members and their

children who consistently exhibit a

combination of above-average

academic achievements, social

responsibility and volunteerism,

strong leadership skills, and

demonstrable need for financial

assistance.

In 2016, we offered in excess of

$2.5 million to ensure that 17

students pursuing secondary and

tertiary education moved one step

closer to achieving their goals.

“Many of these recipients are the

first to pursue tertiary-level education

in their families,” stated Maria

Morrison, FHC’s chief operating

officer.

SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Additionally, we have, for the past

10 years, encouraged the spirit of

entrepreneurship in our country by

providing cash awards for capital

investment to budding entrepreneurs.

These grants are awarded to the top

qualifying final-year tertiary group,

based on the quality, soundness, and

innovativeness of their business plans.

Last year’s Entrepreneurship

Awards went to two final-year

university student groups from the

Northern Caribbean University, that

will now be able to realise their dream

of owning their own businesses by

investing FHC’s grant as capital.

These student groups successfully

pitched their business ideas and were

duly awarded.

Today, we remain proud of the

strides our beneficiaries have made

personally and with their business

ventures.

We stand by our promises and

commitment to inspire individuals to

take advantage of every opportunity

to make their dreams a reality.

We believe in empowering young

minds and equipping them to reach

their full potential and will continue

to do so through our scholarship

programme.

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Background (from left): FHC’s Chief Operating Officer, Maria Morrison; FHC Board Secretary,

Leodis Douglas; First Vice-Chairman and FHC Foundation Chair, O’Neil Grant; and Second

Chairman, Edmund Jones, join the 2016 scholarship awardees for a photo.

Background

(from left):

FHC’s Chief

Operating

Officer,

Maria

Morrison;

FHC Board

Secretary,

Leodis

Douglas;

First Vice-

Chairman

and FHC

Foundation

Chair,

O’Neil

Grant; and

Second

Chairman,

Edmund

Jones, join

the 2016

scholarship

awardees

for a photo.

FIRST HERITAGE CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION

Helping to improve access to education

THE GLEANER’S 2017 SCHOLARSHIP LISTINGS

| TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017