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USC student gets $25,000 scholarship for paper on RE

Scholarship winner Kershama Tessa Samuel listens as Patrick Kelly, vice president Business Banking, RBC/RBTT shares tips on work-life balance.

Kershama Tessa Samuel proposes using geothermal energy as an alternative energy source in the Caribbean. Her research paper on the topic, A Critical Review of Geothermal Energy as a Viable Energy Source, earned her one of two scholarships for full tuition from the University of the Southern Caribbean, (USC). The $25,000 scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year was sponsored by RBC/RBTT. Samuel’s research paper was part of a larger project focused on promoting environmental sustainability. Her paper, entitled Tapping into St Lucia’s Power—A Critical Review of Geothermal Energy as a Viable Energy Source, proposed harnessing geothermal energy from the Lava Domes in St Lucia. In addition, she garnered the support of fellow St Lucian students to promote environmentally responsible practices and behaviours among the student body by raising awareness of critical environmental issues facing the global community.

Responding to this year’s theme, Innovative Solutions, candidates identified, researched and offered solutions to region-specific issues. The programme fosters leadership and promotes collaboration, as students engage their colleagues in executing the projects and share their learnings with the wider student body. Anna-Maria Kurbanali, regional manager, Corporate Responsibility, RBC/RBTT said: “We are pleased to support the University in providing opportunities to bright and highly motivated students. RBC/RBTT is committed to making a lasting social impact in the communities where we live and work, and education is one vehicle through which we can support the development of the region’s future citizens and leaders.” Del Phillips, director, University Relations said: “The university deeply appreciates RBC/RBTT’s support for the Portraits of Excellence Student Scholarship Programme. “Through financial contributions and collaborations with corporate entities like RBC/RBTT, we are able to effect transformation in the lives of our students by exposing them to experiences that aid their intellectual, social and moral development.”



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