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MCB scholarship now lets best Rodrigues student pursue tertiary studies

MCB scholarship now lets best Rodrigues student pursue tertiary studies

The MCB foundation has granted a scholarship to Rodrigues-based Jean Westley Collet to pursue higher studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Mauritius, and, in the future, the latter aims to contribute to the sustainable development of Rodrigues through concrete activities.(Image: Company)

The MCB Group honoured the scholarship awardee of the MCB Rodrigues Scholarship 2015, Jean Westley Collet, who now has the opportunity to pursue further studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Mauritius.

At the same time, this makes Jean Westley the 27th scholarship winner since 2000. Selected by the MCB Forward Foundation (MCBFF) for their scholarship program, he has the opportunity to study in Mauritius.

Envisaging a future in the field of mechanical engineering, Jean Westley has professed a desire to contribute to the sustainable development of Rodrigues through concrete activities such as the construction of a solar energy farm powered by photo voltaic panels.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the MCB Rodrigues Scholarship,
MCBFF added a whole new dimension to the official ceremony announcing the 2015 scholarship in Rodrigues, and, this presence is also testimony to the importance that Rodrigues holds for the MCB.

The MCB Rodrigues Scholarship was created in 2000 to mark ten years of the MCB at Port Mathurin. Under this program, each year, the scholarship is offered to at least one student of Rodrigues registered at the University of Mauritius.

There are certain eligibility criteria for the scholarship: the student must hail from Rodrigues and must be living in Rodrigues, must arise from a low-income family, must have opted for a field that helps contribute to the sustainable development of Rodrigues and, finally, must voluntarily work in the island after completion of studies.

All scholarship holders of the MCB Rodrigues Scholarship come under the framework of the MCBFF that is dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“This grant serves as a critical form of relief for my family, because, without it, the cost of my studies would have been too high. I encourage fellow students from Rodrigues to apply for this scheme as it represents an excellent opportunity for students to pursue further studies and contribute to the subsequent development of Rodrigues,” highlighted Jean Westley Collet.

The MCBFF has partnerships with NGOs over large-scale projects, to work for the deepening of social connections between the MCB and the local population. Keeping the development of Rodrigues at the heart of its concerns, the MCBFF has agreed to spend Rs 5.8 million since 2010 towards this scholarship, while the total amount of financing towards NGOs in Rodrigues amounts to Rs 9 million.
Gilbert Gnany, Chief Strategy Officer – MCB Group Limited, stated, “The MCB Group wholeheartedly believes that Rodrigues’ best resources, as well as those of Mauritius, come from its people. It is, therefore, essential that we continue to work towards Rodrigues’ well-being by giving the  most brilliant brains on the island the possibility to pursue tertiary studies, while allowing their talents to bloom in the best possible conditions.”

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