Dwaine Clarke (left), recipient of the Kregg Nurse Memorial Scholarship Award, collecting his award from Eudalie Ashby. (Picture by Alex Downes.)
Recipient of the Kregg Nurse Memorial Scholarship Award, Dwaine Clarke, is using the opportunity to inspire other people with a disability.
The 30-year-old Grenadian yesterday became the first non-Barbadian to win the scholarship, which assists students with a disability.
Despite being hearing impaired in both ears, Clarke has not let it slow him down in his pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and finance at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill.
While being grateful for the opportunity, he had a word of encouragement for others like himself.
“My message to persons with a disability is to believe in yourself. You too can achieve your dream; you too can do it,” Clarke said during his address at Caribbean Catalyst Inc. in River Road, St Michael.
Clarke said his self-esteem was severely affected as a child because he was teased by other students. This all changed one day when he discussed his hardship with a family member, who told him there was nothing wrong with wearing a hearing aid.
Through this discussion, Clarke said he learnt about several successful people, like former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Eric Williams, who also had a disability.
“This motivated me [to] achieve my dreams,” he said.
The award was established by Caribbean Catalyst 14 years ago in memory of Nurse, who suffered from muscular dystrophy. (AD)