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Mauritius’ GML Joseph Lagesse Foundation makes a young student’s dream come true

Mauritius’ GML Joseph Lagesse Foundation makes a young student’s dream come true

Mauritian student Robbie Steven Ramjee, who hails from a low-income family, has won the scholarship award for tertiary education by the GML Joseph Lagesse Foundation, which will fund the first three years of his medical studies at the University of Montpellier.(Image:Company)

A scholarship scheme has been launched in Mauritius as a pioneering initiative by the GML Joseph Largesse Foundation for students from low income families. The students must comply with several criteria to be eligible for this scholarship, such as, they must be aged between 18 to 25 years and they should already be accepted by the university abroad. The student should also be committed to and actively engaged in societal activities during the scholarship. Also, the duration of the funded program should not exceed three years.

Around 50 Mauritians had applied for this scholarship, and, after analysing all profiles it was Steven Robbie Ramjee who was finally selected. He will pursue his studies in the field of medicine at the University of Montpellier starting in September.

“When I learnt thatthe GML Foundation had chosen my application, I thought of my parents who have always made enormous sacrifices since my birth to ensure my happiness. Studies nowadays are expensive, and my circumstances were even tougher than some others, considering that my father is retired. Honestly, I did not believe that I stood a high chance to win the scholarship,” said the scholarship recipient.

Steven is now preparing himself for the new academic year in Montpellier where he wants to specialise in cardiology. He thanked the foundation, noting that many young people have the potential to expand and contribute but lack of resources prevents them from pursuing theirdream career.

Clency Magon, Director and Manager,GML Joseph Largesse Foundation, is proud of the opportunity created by the Foundation for young Mauritians who wish to pursue tertiary education abroad.

“We all know that overseas studies are very costly. At the Foundation, we want to offer young students, whose families lack financial means, the opportunity to make their dreams come true and to prepare for their future. Steven passed his HSC at the Royal college of Curepipe with flying colours, and subsequently wished to pursue higher studies in the medical field. GML has not only helped Steven financially at this juncture in his life, but will help him till he joins the job market where we are confident that he will bring to bear great results and share his rich knowledge with other members of society.”

Over the 10 years of existence of the Foundation, it has made education one of its priorities so that youngsters can become independent by earning a decent living. A few years ago, the foundation decided to help Aurélie Bourcherville financially so that she could pursue her studies in the medical field in China. Aurélie came back after her diploma in July 2015 and will soon begin to look for a job. Nabiil Kaufid is another young Mauritian who dreamt of becoming a lawyer but lacked funds and could not realise his dream until he heard of this initiative of the GML Joseph Lagesse Foundation. The foundation decided to support the young man who is currently completing his studies in England before beginning his practice as a lawyer.

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