WOODLANDS – The 2015/16 recipient of the Chevening Scholarship was officially honoured on Thursday evening at the Governor’s residence.
Chevening alumni, colleagues and friends attended the tea party to congratulate the newest scholar. Criminal attorney Mrs Kristen Taylor-Hilton will leave island shortly to undertake a Masters in Law with criminal justice focus at the Birkbeck campus of the University of London.
Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere said the programme funded by the UK Government offered top students the opportunity to pursue academic study, networking and developing relationships with global colleagues.
Over the past 31 years, more than 43,000 students from across the globe have received Chevening Scholarships. This year, 1500 students have been selected to participate in the programme.
Honourable Minister of Education Delmaude Ryan, who is also a Chevening Alumni congratulated the lawyer on being accepted into the prestigious family.
Mrs Taylor-Hilton said the process to acceptance was arduous and she was very happy to have been selected. However, she pointed out that funding lawyers was not a priority area for the Government of Montserrat and that her leaving would leave the Office of the Deputy Public Prosecutors short-staffed.
“I am looking forward to experiencing the rich cultural diversity of one of the greatest metropolitan cities in the world and studying and rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the field of law and forming long term bonds with other Chevening scholars. I have set my mind to successfully completing my studies. It is my hope that upon my return that I will demonstrate to the stakeholders in Montserrat just how much of a priority law is. Without good laws and great lawyers, the future of this country and the safety and protection of all our citizens hangs in the balance,” the lawyer said.
There is still time to apply for the next round of the programme. Only one student from Montserrat is selected each year.
Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open until 3 November 2015.