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Georgetown, Guyana – (September 8, 2016) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger today met, in two meetings, with Guyanese students, who have been awarded scholarships in the United Kingdom (UK) by the Commonwealth and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Meeting first with Mrs. Granger was Ms. Mariscia Charles, who will be pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Development with a focus on Education Policy or Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The young woman requested the meeting before she departs to complete her course of study as her Degree is focused on areas, which aligns with the work of the First Lady.

Mrs. Granger in an invited comment said that she advised Ms. Charles to take full advantage of this new opportunity. “Be open to new experiences. This is a prestigious International University. [You should] learn, enjoy and just be open to all the experiences that [you] should have as a student,” she said.

First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger with the Commonwealth scholarship awardees. From left: Mr. Joel Flatts, Mr. Bibi Abrahim, Ms. Oleta Williams, Mrs. Granger, Ms. Corrissa Goodings and Mr. Trishawn McGreggor.

The First Lady also met with five young Guyanese, who were awarded scholarships by the Commonwealth, three of whom will be pursing post-graduate programmes at the University of Leeds. They are Mr. Joel Flatts, who will read for a Master’s Degree in Transport Planning and Engineering at the University of Leeds, Ms. Bibi Abrahim, whose course of study is a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environment and Ms. Corrissa Goodings, who will read for a Master’s Degree in International Construction Management and Engineering.

The other two, Ms. Oleta Williams reading for a Master’s Degree in Conservation and Rural Development at the University of Kent and Mr. Trishawn McGreggor, a Master’s in International Social Development, will attend the University of Kent and University of East Anglia, respectively. The group will depart Guyana for London next week.

Each year, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom awards over 900 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate studies to citizens of Commonwealth countries. Importantly, candidates are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries.

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