BARP CHARITABLE TRUST OFFERING $10,000 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDIES ON AGEING
BRIDGETOWN (Friday, September 13, 2018)– As Barbados celebrates Senior Citizens Month in September, and we look towards the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on October 1, 2018, the charitable arm of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) is urging more Barbadians to pursue studies in areas such as Geriatrics and Gerontology.
The BARP Charitable Trust is doing more than talking. It is encouraging academic study in an area that will benefit older persons, such as those who are members of BARP. Therefore it is offering an annual scholarship to nationals of Barbados pursuing full-time post-graduate studies related to ageing at the University of the West Indies (UWI). The scholarship is tenable for one academic year, and the value is BDS$10,000.
Globally, there are currently 700 million people over the age of 60, and this figure is expected to rise to 2 billion by 2050. In Barbados, it is projected that by 2050 between 25 and 33 percent of the Barbados population will be aged 65 and over.
Chairman of the BARP Charitable Trust, Justice Elneth Kentish, says, “Given these statistics, careers in areas dealing with the elderly should be regarded as growth areas. This is precisely what the Trust is trying to encourage with the offer of a scholarship aimed at generating research in matters relating to ageing. So far, we have been able to award two scholarships. It would be really unfortunate if our scholarship funds are not taken advantage of.”
The BARP Charitable Trust Scholarship is administered by the UWI. Applicants should contact the School for Graduate Studies and Research, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
The Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) has established a charitable trust to fulfil the growing demands for financial assistance from its members.
Incorporation of a charitable trust enables BARP to seek donations from corporate bodies, organisations and individuals for this purpose. Those individuals and entities can now benefit from tax deductions for their donations to the BARP Charitable Trust. Since the establishment of the Trust, the PAF has been restyled as the Personal Assistance Committee (PAC), which now reports to the Board of Trustees.
The Trust also administers the BARP Charitable Trust Scholarship, which is open to nationals of Barbados pursuing full-time post-graduate studies related to ageing at UWI. It encourages academic study in an area that will benefit older persons. The scholarship is tenable for one academic year, and the value is BDS$10,000.
Retired High Court judge, Justice Elneth Kentish, is chair of the BARP Charitable Trust. Former permanent secretary, Ms. Teresa Marshall, is vice-chairman; chartered accountant, Mr. Lindell Nurse is treasurer; and retired computer manager, Mr. Robert Williams, is secretary to the Trust. Insurance executive, Mr. Clyde ‘CQ’ Williams; Director of the Child Care Board, Ms. Joan Crawford; retired matron, Ms. Jean Springer; and communications consultant, Dr. Sharon Marshall are the other Trustees.
Wesleyan pastor, Rev. Clayton Springer, is chair of the Personal Assistance Committee. With the establishment of the Trust, applications for assistance are once again being accepted by the committee. BARP members must have been in good standing for the last three consecutive years in order to benefit from this assistance. Application forms are available at the BARP office, Mervue House, Marine Gardens, Hastings.