ST. GEORGE’S , GRENADA , Thursday, September 16, 2010: As part of the activities to mark the celebrations for World Ozone Day, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance, launched a Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Scholarship Program for students pursuing the two year Refrigeration and Air-conditioning course at the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).

Ten (10) successful students were presented with their scholarship packages during a ceremony held at TAMCC on Tuesday 14th September, 2010. The scholarship package includes financial assistance to cover all of the associated costs for the two year program, as well as toolkits for practical purposes.

Funding for the scholarship program is provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), through the NOU, as part of Grenada’s Terminal Phase-out Management Plan (TPMP) for Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The toolkits were provided by the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). The total cost of the scholarship program is approximately EC$15,000.00.

Present at the ceremony and delivering remarks were: Minister for the Environment, Honorable Michael Church; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Mrs. Eunice Sandy-David; Dean of the School of Applied Arts and technology, TAMCC, Mr. Bernard Mc Cabe; and National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith . The Keynote address was delivered by Mrs. Carol Adams Vazquez, former Human Resource Manager of the St. George’s University. Mrs. Vazquez, in her address, charged the awardees to grasp this opportunity with both hands and to make optimum use of their studies at TAMCC.

In addition to the presentation of scholarship packages, presentations were also made to TAMCC. The Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) presented TAMCC with a Recovery and Recycling machine for Mobile Air-conditioning Systems, valued at over US$5,000.00. This presentation was made by the President, Mr. Michael Mitchell. The National Ozone Unit presented TAMCC with a package of tools and equipment, valued at EC$3000.00, to be used to enhance their refrigeration and air-conditioning program. This presentation was made by Mr. John Auguste, Senior Energy Officer at the Ministry of Finance.

Scholarship awardee, Denis Lyons, thanked the NOU and GRAVA on behalf of the ten awardees and pledged that they will take full advantage of the scholarship opportunity to enhance their ability, create opportunities for self employment, and contribute to the protection of the ozone layer.