UG multi-million-dollar Bursary established through philanthropic gift

first_imgThe University of Guyana has received its first major philanthropic grant — from a private family — by way of a gift of land that would facilitate the erection of a permanent bursary.The property which was given to the University by Rajdai Elizabeth Outar is located in Berbice, and is expected to be developed or liquidated into funds which would then be invested within two years of the conveyance of the property to the University of Guyana. Thirty per cent of the money received would be used in perpetuity to fund the bursary on an annual basis.The bursary, which will be titled the ‘Rajdai Elizabeth and Seobarran James Outar Bursary’, was designed to support tuition, living expenses, and books for outstanding students from Port Mourant, Berbice and surrounding areas who are unable to afford their education at the University. The bursary is open to any discipline.Rajdai Elizabeth Outar and her late husband, Seobarran James Outar, both Berbicians, placed great value on education. The Outars left Guyana in the late 1970s for educational opportunities in the United States, and thus they have always hoped to give back to their homeland for the foundation they received in Guyana.Following her husband’s passing in June 2014, Mrs Outar decided to gift a parcel of land and other remaining assets in Guyana to the University to establish the bursary.In a statement, Mrs Outar said, “Education is the cornerstone of life, and higher education provides an opportunity to create leaders, advance knowledge, and to improve society. My family and I hope that our gift will not only benefit worthy students, but that it also will inspire other expatriate Guyanese to support talent development at a critical time in our nation’s history.”Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Prof. Ivelaw Griffith, expressed his gratitude for the gift and emphasized the need for private support to complement Government funding.“Mrs Outar’s gift provides an opportunity for the most talented students to have access to a world-class education, regardless of their ability to pay.We hope that her generosity will serve as an example for others to follow. Gifts like Mrs Outar’s have an impact not only on the recipient, but also their families, their community, and society at large,” he said.Deputy Vice Chancellor (PACE) Paloma Mohamed also expressed sincere appreciation to Mrs Outar and her family, as well as to former DVC Elizabeth Ramlall, Christine Chowgrir, and University Registrar Dr Nigel Gravesande, who worked for several months to realise the project.The Rajdai Elizabeth and Seobarran James Outar Bursary is expected to be administered through the University’s Student Support Fund mechanism. Application materials, awards committee composition, and the decision rubric for the award of the Rajdai Elizabeth and Seobarran James Outar Bursary also will be available on the University of Guyana’s website, once the funds become available.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps will put a five game unbeaten run on the line when they host Longford Town at Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm).And although his team will go into the match with the confidence of that unbeaten run, Harps boss Ollie Horgan knows that Friday’s game provides a difficult challenge for his side.“Longford is a big game on Friday,” said Horgan. “They are in good form and come into the game with confidence having beaten Athlone Town comfortably in the Cup last weekend. “I still feel that they have the strongest squad in our Division and it will take a much better performance from us than we gave against Belgrove last weekend to get anything out of it,” he continued.That game against Belgrove/Home Farm last Friday saw Harps overcome a potential banana skin to progress to the third round of the FAI Ford Cup. But the 1-0 victory against the ten men from the Dublin side was anything but comfortable.“It wasn’t a great performance against Belgrove”, said Horgan. “We found it difficult to break them down even when they were reduced to ten men.“It was a reversal of previous weeks when we were a man down and sat deep but at least we got through the game – just about. “It is good to be still involved in the Cup, but the next round isn’t until late August so we will see what the draw brings up before we start thinking about it again.“It is always difficult to play any side in the Cup – especially away from home. I have been in Belgrove’s situation in previous years trying to beat League sides and knew that we would have nothing easy. We got through it at least although the performance left a lot to be desired.”Horgan will be able to welcome back Josh Mailey and Michael Funston from suspension, but Tommy Bonner is banned due to his red card in Wexford a fortnight ago. Shaun Patton should also be available again but Sean McCarron remains out with a broken ankle while Johnny Bonner and Paul McVeigh are doubts.Although Harps haven’t beaten Longford in any of their last three meetings – two of which were defeats at the City Calling Stadium – Longford don’t have a great recent record in Finn Park. In their last three visits to Ballybofey, Longford have failed to score in any of the games and have left twice on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.  HARPS HOPING TO ADD TO THEIR FIVE GAME UNBEATEN RUN AGAINST LONGFORD was last modified: June 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

Mallott Leaving Sealaska To Focus On Campaign

first_imgByron Mallott, Democratic candidate for governor, will leave Sealaska’s board next month to concentrate on his campaign. (KTOO News)In a press release, he said he would complete his term, which ends at the corporation’s June 28th annual meeting. But he will not seek re-election to the board.Sealaska Chairman and former state Sen. Albert Kookesh says the board supports Mallott’s decision.“I think it was good step that he took to, one, allow him to concentrate on the governor’s race and, two, open it up for shareholders so he didn’t just hold onto his seat and have to give it up after that if he got elected,” he said.Mallott could not be immediately reached for comment.When Sealaska board incumbents leave, they often step down before the next election. The board then appoints a replacement, who can run as an incumbent.Mallott’s decision leaves an open seat with no heir-apparent. That eases the way for other candidates. They include a recently-announced slate of shareholders with business experience outside the corporation.“The people who are running on that slate have good intentions,” Kookesh said. “They want to run a clean race and I commend them for that. But we also have people who are independents who are running. And you have to commend them and recognize their want to be involved too.”Sealaska will distribute ballots to its almost 22,000 shareholders on May 15th. They must be cast by June 26th.In addition to Sealaska service, Mallott’s been Yakutat and Juneau mayor, Alaska Permanent Fund executive director and Alaska Federation of Natives president. Bryon Mallott will leave Sealaska’s board of directors next month to spend more time campaigning for governor.He’s served on the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s governing body – or been its CEO – since 1972.Mallott, a Democrat, is all but assured to challenge Republican Gov. Sean Parnell in the November general election.last_img read more