Two Guyanese have emerged winners of the educational scholarship for the academic year 2021-2022, offered by the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) and Motorola Solutions Foundation.
The winners are Tyriq Welch, son of the late Inspector Ian Welch, and Tisheena La Rose, who is the daughter of the late Sergeant Leonard La Rose.
Tyriq and Tisheena were both recognised to be the two leading individuals who submitted their credentials/documents to the ACCP, an organisation that partnered with the Motorola company, to grant scholarships to children of policemen or women who died in the line of duty and who are pursuing higher education.
Commissioner of Police (ag) Nigel Hoppie handed over the cheques to Tyriq and Tisheena during a simple but significant ceremony held on December 10, 2021, in the Commissioner’s Conference Room at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown.
The cheques were handed over in the presence of Commander for Regional Division 10, Superintendent Hugh Winter; Deputy Commander for Regional Division Six, Deputy Superintendent Vishnu Hunt; Force Welfare Officer, Deputy Superintendent Jewel Sullivan; Head of the Force’s Corporate Communications Unit, Mark Ramotar; and the mothers of the two recipients.
Hoppie congratulated the recipients and told them that “the sky is the limit and there is no substitute for education.”
He told Tyriq and Tisheena that while there will be challenges along their academic journey, they will need to overcome these to achieve their goals.
“This competition for the educational scholarship was not only opened to Guyana but throughout the Caribbean and when I was informed that (Tyriq Welch and Tisheena La Rose) were the leading individuals and the two most successful applicants, I felt so proud not only being a Guyanese but more importantly being the Commissioner of Police in Guyana and because I am a member of the ACCP,” Commissioner Hoppie said.
“I want to extend congratulations to both of you, personally, and on behalf of the officers and other ranks of the Guyana Police Force…congratulations on making Guyana proud,” Hoppie told the two scholarship recipients.
The recipients thanked the Top Cop and extended gratitude to the Police Force and the ACCP for the educational scholarship which could not have come at a more opportune time.
Both recipients acknowledged that this will add significantly to aiding their academic journey and personal growth and development.
Tariq Welch is said to be pursuing studies in Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Guyana (UG) while Tisheena La Rose is a first-year student at UG pursuing studies in Environmental Science.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP GRANT
Motorola Solutions Foundation acts as the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions Inc and focuses on giving back to the community through strategic grants, employee volunteerism, and other community investment initiatives. According to the ACCP website, the Foundation is one of the many ways in which Motorola Solutions lives out its purpose to help people be their best in the moments that matter.
For over a decade, the ACCP and Motorola Solutions Foundation have worked together to provide educational scholarships to children of police officers. By continuing the partnership, the Motorola Solutions Foundation awarded ACCP US$25,000 through its 2020 grants programme. These funds are to support ten educational scholarships for children of fallen police officers in the 2021-2022 school year.
There has been a change in the focus of the programme this year (2021): the Motorola Solutions Foundation / ACCP Scholarship Program is committed to providing the necessary resources for sons and daughters of fallen police officers (including officers who have died of suicide, officers killed in the line of duty, or those who have passed from disease or illness) who have an interest in a college education and are unable to provide or acquire the necessary funds to continue their education at a certified college or university either within the Caribbean region that are associated with the member countries in the Caribbean (i.e., the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States).
Children of these fallen officers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the inability of remaining parent/guardian to provide the necessary funding for their academic pursuits, (or other hardship) will be able to use this money to continue their education in the areas of Engineering, Communications, Marketing, Finance, Industrial Engineering, Human Resource Management, Criminology, Medical Sciences, Law, Forensic Science and other disciplines which are beneficial to the development of communities in the Caribbean.