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Scotia Foundation GSAT Scholars maintaining standards at high school

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMKeisha Hill
Contributed Photo Liam Datt gets a congratulatory handshake from Jacqueline Sharp, head of the Scotiabank Group.
Contributed Photo Jacqueline Sharp President and CEO at the Scotiabank Group makes the presentation Joshua Grant.
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Rianna Blake who was announced the 2014 GSAT top performer at her school, St. John the Baptist Prep.

Fifteen students from across the island with outstanding performances in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) recently received bursaries in excess of $7.8 million from the Scotia Foundation Scholars' Reunion, an investment made through the Shining Star Scholarships in 2014.

The top three students included Rianna Blake of the Immaculate Conception High School, Joshua Grant of Ardenne High School, and Liam Datt of Hillel Academy.

One term into their first year of high school, the students are still excelling.

Blake has extended her extracurricular activities to include water polo and playing the violin, while Grant has taken on a variety of activities, including joining the aviation club, playing in the school band, and joining the math club. Datt received the highest average in his class at Hillel Academy and has been selected to participate in the Math Olympiad and is involved in sports and robotics.


Patrick Blake, Rianna's father, said the scholarship has helped his daughter with her expenses, with some of the proceeds from the scholarship to be allocated towards her tertiary education.

"She has always been an 'A' student, and we expect her to continue on this trajectory. Rianna is also a humble child, so we are confident that she will continue to excel," Blake said.

"This is the 15th year since Scotia Foundation launched the Shining Star Scholarships, and we are always impressed with our scholars," said Joylene Griffiths Irving, executive director, Scotia Foundation.

"We have the privilege of associating with and influencing some of the brightest young people, who will eventually become leaders in this country," Griffiths said.

Jacqueline Sharp, president and chief executive officer, who handed out the awards to each of the scholars, expressed her pleasure at hearing about their successes and encouraged them to continue to shine.

Since the onset of GSAT in 1999, some 268 scholars have benefited from the Scotia Foundation Shining Star Scholarships. Each year, the Foundation provides scholarships under the Student Care programme to pupils with outstanding performances in GSAT.