Written by on July 24, 2017

Students at a Leadership seminar with GRENED’s head, Dessima Williams, and facilitators Gerard Keens-Douglas and Willvorn Grainger

The Grenada Education and Development Programme, GRENED is marking its 21st Anniversary by Announcing 25 new scholarships to Secondary and College students who aspire to become Leaders.

GRENED will continue to provide education scholarships and leadership development opportunities, especially for rural families, promising 25 new scholarships for the academic year 2017 – 2018.

On Sunday, July 16, 1996, with support from the community, the Williams family opened the doors of Rainbow Inn to the idea that civic contributions to education and community engagements could support the development of young leaders in Grenada. Teachers, artists, civic and business leaders welcomed the initiative.

Twenty one years later, the organization has helped hundreds of young persons to enter, excel in and graduate from secondary school, college and most recently one from University; many to become professionals and some to play leadership roles in communities and organizations.

GRENED’s mission to empower young people through education continues —  Eight students supported by GRENED graduated from T.A. Marryshow Community College on Thursday, July 20th , three of whom will go on to St. George’s University; two students have graduated from secondary schools and will go on to College.

For the new 2017-2018 school year, the organization will provide 15 scholarships to primary students entering secondary schools and 10 to secondary school graduates entering college — all on the basis of the potential leadership roles they aspire to take up in Grenada while in school and following graduation. If they survive the annual review process, 8 students, currently in the GRENED programme, will continue.

While family needs and hardship will be taken into consideration, this will not be the leading criteria. GRENED is aware that there are other funding programmes available to families whose children are needy and can do well academically, but do not intend to become leaders. However, for GRENED, the main thrust of its scholarship programme is for students to pull themselves forward, through schooling and nurturing by the organization, and be driven to become leaders to pull others forward. GRENED aims to support early leadership that will sustain and contribute towards building up the strength of rural Grenada from among its communities.

This year, the annual scholarships will be $1,500.00 for each student who meets the rigorously applied criteria that screen for academic excellence and commitment to leadership.

On its anniversary, GRENED sincerely thanks the many institutions and donors who have helped fund the organization, and celebrates the families who have realized the dream of formal education for their children. GRENED is proud to be a part of your success.

Those wishing to contribute to GRENED’s scholarship programme please contact us: email

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