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2015 Scholarship Awardees Announced

Keithley Lake & Associates is pleased to announce the scholarship awardees for the 2014/2015 academic year. The scholarships, which are co-sponsored with Daniel Brantley of Nevis, were launched in 2006 as a result of both firms' desire to assist deserving students enrolled in the Certificate of Legal Education Programme of the Norman Manley Law School. The scholarships are awarded annually to two second year students, one from the Eastern Caribbean and one from Jamaica, based on scholastic ability, leadership qualities, community involvement and financial need. The recipients this year are AZARD GUMBS of Saint Kitts and MELISA WATSON of Jamaica. The Firms also award bursaries to students based on similar criteria as the scholarships. RENAL EDWARDS and TRICHANA GRAY are the 2015 bursaries winners. Azard Gumbs is national of Saint Kitts (Saint Christopher) and Nevis and graduated from the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Law with an honours degree in Law in 2013. Azard collected a number of awards and accomplishments along his educational path and still managed to be very involved with his community in extra-curricular activities. He is currently a Member of the Saint Kitts National Youth Parliament Association and Deputy Youth Parliament Ambassador, Saint Kitts and Nevis. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for selecting me as the recipient of the 2014/2015 Keithley Lake & Associates/Daniel Brantley (Eastern Caribbean). I am extremely honoured and elated to be the recipient of this award. Once again, thank you for your assistance in helping me achieve my academic goals." Melisa Watson, who has been described as "honest, well-mannered and responsible person", has certainly faced challenges in pursuit of her dreams. Her father, the main bread winner of her family, tragically passed away and her mother's illness have had a devastating impact on her being able to finance her education. Nevertheless, she consideres "every challenge or obstacle in my life as a test and something I must overcome..." and with that she has been able to remain focused on her academic pursuit and still participate in other activites. Areas she has been involved in included the Law School's Environmental Law Society, Children's Outreach Programme and Christian Fellowship Club, Human Rights Committee and the National Initiative for Street Children. Melisa, a Jamaican national, holds her Law Degree from the University of the West Indies and had this to say about her award:- "I am extremely grateful and humbled by the firms' generosity shown through its meaningful contribution towards me obtaining my Legal Education Certificate. A career as an Attorney-at-Law has always been my dream and despite many obstacles, I remain steadfast in my quest to realize this dream. With this Scholarship, I am now much closer to fulfilling my life-long ambition. Through your act of benevolence, I am further inspired to assist the disenfranchised youths from similar backgrounds as mine across the wider society." Renal Edwards, who is from the Federation of Saint Kitts (Saint Christopher) and Nevis has a very good academic and service record. She graduated from the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Law with an Upper Second Class honours degree in Law. Despite being a student at the Law School, Renal is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organisations. She serves as Treasurer of the Non-national Students' Association and assists students at secondary and college levels with schoolwork. Regarding her bursary award, Renal said "I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Keithley Lake & Associates' Bursary for the academic year 2014/2015. This Bursary will aid tremendously in defraying the expenses of achieving my goal of obtaining my Legal Education Certificate and getting me one step closer to being part of the profession that I have grown to love. I am also motivated to continue to assist  others and eventually assist young law students in the same way that I am now being assisted by your firm." "I am extremely grateful for this bursary as it will significantly lighten the financial burden that my education has placed on myself and my family" says Trichana Gray. "Your generosity has invigorated my desire to give back to the community. I do believe that this experience will be my driving inspiration in the future to help students achieve their scholastic goals in a similar manner." National of Jamaica, Trichana was a member of the Law School's 2014 American Caribbean Initiative where she commendably represented the Law School. We certainly wish all the scholarships and bursaries winners continued success!