T&T’s Chevening scholarship recipients Shinelle Smith (L) and Marcus Kissoon (R). Photos courtesy the British High Commission.

Two nationals of Trinidad and Tobago, Shinelle Smith and Marcus Kissoon, have received fully-funded scholarships to study in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2021-2022.

The award entitles scholars to one year of postgraduate study at a University of their choice.

In a statement announcing the awarded scholarships, the British High Commission said Smith and Kissoon were selected from a highly competitive process to study in the UK.

They will join a cohort of over 1,000 youth from 100 countries around the world.

More than 64,000 applications were received and 10 per cent of applicants were interviewed online, worldwide.

British High Commissioner Harriet Cross said: “The Chevening programme is a unique opportunity for students to develop professionally, personally and academically while exploring the UK’s diverse cultural landscape, awe-inspiring scenery and vibrant history, all the time making lasting relationships with people from around the world.”

She congratulated the awardees, adding that the country should be “hugely proud” of them.

“They have both demonstrated their potential and readiness to be future leaders and influencers in their respective fields. I wish them well on their journey and have no doubt they will each contribute significantly to the future of Trinidad and Tobago on their return,” she added.

Preparations are being made for the scholars to depart for the opening of their September semester.

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