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Garraway diaspora scholarship for UWI student

Garraway diaspora scholarship for UWI student

The education foundation, set up in the name of former primary school principal Pearline Garraway, has awarded a second scholarship in her name. The diaspora scholarship, valued at CAN$1,000, was presented earlier this week to Marika Edwards.

The first Pearline Garraway Education Foundation scholarship recipient was Lexie Straker, who graduated last year from St George’s University, where she majored in biology.

Garraway began her teaching career in the mid-1950s in St David and retired in 1982 as principal of St George’s Anglican Junior School on Church Street. She died in 2016 at 93.

The family-operated Pearline Garraway Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, is headed by son Lance Garraway, a Canada-based certified financial planner and former scholarship class teacher at St George’s Anglican Senior School.

The scholarship, he explained, is to honour his mother’s “life’s work’’ as an educator.

Edwards, a 26-year-old University of the West Indies student, was born and raised in Rose Hill, St. Patrick.

“Growing up, life wasn’t always favourable for me and my family, as we were faced with many adversities from every possible direction you could think of,’’ Edwards said in her scholarship application submitted to the foundation through the Grenada Association (Toronto).

“My mother was a firm believer in gaining an education, instilling in her eleven children the value of it,’’ said Edwards. “Her emphasis on education later propelled me to the University of the West Indies, where I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in management studies, with an emphasis on marketing.’’

Edward is photographed with board members of the foundation at the scholarship presentation in Grenada. In the photo (left to right) are Melissa Garraway, Sharon Phillip, Arlette Isaac, Marika Edwards, Rosetta Braithwaite and Lance Garraway.

Source: Lincoln Depradine