On March 18, 2022, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross Vet) hosted its fifth annual St. Kitts Scholarship Award Ceremony where 10 local Kittitians and Nevisians received an academic scholarship. Each award covers two years of educational costs – tuition, books and supplies, and other associated fees – for each awardee to continue their education at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College or Nevis Sixth Form College.
Throughout its 40-year history, Ross Vet has strived to create new opportunities to support and partner with the local communities throughout St. Kitts and Nevis. Together with Adtalem Global Education, Ross Vet’s parent company, initiatives to support youth programs, educational and developmental groups, and donations of supplies and technology labs to local schools have been launched to make an impact in access to education for the island’s youth.
Adtalem’s Executive Chairman, Lisa Wardell, and President and CEO, Steve Beard, were among the key figures in attendance, joining senior government officials and Ross Vet leaders in a celebration of youth and education. “It is great to see young people being honored, as young people are the future,” said Sean Callanan, MVB, CertVR, MRCVS, PhD, FRCPath, DiplECVP, Dean of Ross Vet, in his opening remarks to the audience gathered on Ross Vet’s campus. “We have many different talents just within these 10 young people, and I want to thank all of you for embarking on your chosen careers. [The Ross Vet scholarship] is a small part of the many people who invest in your success, and we know you will succeed and be the future of this island.”
William Hodge, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, and Minister Wendy Phipps joined Wardell and Dr. Callanan as the evening’s keynote speakers delivering words of wisdom and encouragement for the awardees to always pursue their dreams. Speaking to the awardees, Minister Phipps encouraged them to “endeavor to live your life with a sense of humility and purpose and a commitment that when your earthly journey is over, you would have left St. Kitts and Nevis in a better state than the one in which you found it…tomorrow is your turn to blaze the trails, strengthen foundations and create new opportunities for those coming after you through the wise application of your gifts and talents.”
Seven of the 10 awards presented are named for local employees that have dedicated their respective careers to Ross Vet, demonstrating the foundation Ross Vet has built in the community since the university opened in 1983. Along with the financial assistance to support their education, the 10 awardees will also have an opportunity to participate in a six-week summer internship on Ross Vet’s campus, merging their educational aspirations with a chance to work directly with staff and those same people their awards are named for.