PRESIDENT of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Dr Lincoln Edwards has made an appeal to the private sector, civic bodies and philanthropic organisations to help support its Rescue 2020 scholarship programme.
The programme, which was launched in June 2017, provides scholarships to needy students and finances special NCU initiatives in at-risk communities.
The target is to raise US$10 million over the three-year life of the programme, but Dr Edwards says the intent is to go beyond 2020. So far there have been commitments of approximately US$500,000 towards the programme, he said.
“It costs so much more to incarcerate persons than it does to help to educate them, so I really am appealing to philanthropic organisations, the society at large, the private sector, to come full force behind this rescue initiative, because we have a window here to really transform. We can’t do it alone…this is a chance for the private sector, philanthropic organsiaitons if they are really serious about reversing crime and making an impact, to partner with the NCU so that we can do our part in reversing this,” Dr Edwards stated.
The NCU president, who was accompanied by a four-member team of senior executives, was addressing yesterday Observer’s Monday Exchange about the transformative initiatives being undertaken by the tertiary institution.