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TSTT offers scholarship for Tobago Heritage Festival 2010

Trinidad - TSTT has decided to award $21,000 to a worthy young Tobagonian who has contributed to art or culture. In commemoration of its 21 years as a patron of the Tobago Heritage Festival, the organisation has established the J.D. Elder 2010 Tobago Heritage Festival Scholarship. Named after the late J.D. Elder, a cultural advocate and author who was born in Charlotteville, the initiative demonstrates TSTT’s commitment to celebrating Tobago’s history and culture.

“This initiative can go a long way in complementing other programmes to sustain the growth of Tobago’s rich culture and ensure that capable young people take up the legacy that has been created,” stated Nichola Harvey, Head of TSTT’s Operations in Tobago, in a press briefing last week.

In addition to establishing the scholarship, TSTT has pledged itself to sponsoring the festival’s main events:

“Through bmobile and BLINK, we plan to have a presence throughout the duration of the festival, but in particular as principal sponsors for the opening night showcase,” added Harvey. Additionally, the organisation has pledged support for several community presentations including Mason Hall, Pembroke and SWUM which comprises Spring Garden, Whim, Union and Mary’s Hill.

Garnet Peters, Chairman of the Tobago Festival Committee said his organization was extremely grateful to TSTT adding that the company had a remarkably long association with the Heritage Festival. He applauded TSTT’s decision to commemorate their 21 years of support with the J.D. Elder scholarship noting that this would be a good incentive that can encourage more young people maintain a close involvement with their culture.”

The Tobago Heritage Festival is the island’s signature cultural event for the year and pays tribute to traditions that promote positive social and cultural values which have given Tobago its unique character recognized around the world. Tobago Heritage Festival is celebrated from July 16th to August 1st and this year’s chosen theme is “Tracing Footprints,” which signifies the role of the Tobago Heritage Festival in keeping the old traditions of the island alive.,TSTT has decided to award $21,000 to a worthy young Tobagonian who has contributed to art or culture. In commemoration of its 21 years as a patron of the Tobago Heritage Festival, the organisation has established the J.D. Elder 2010 Tobago Heritage Festival Scholarship. Named after the late J.D. Elder, a cultural advocate and author who was born in Charlotteville, the initiative demonstrates TSTT’s commitment to celebrating Tobago’s history and culture.

“This initiative can go a long way in complementing other programmes to sustain the growth of Tobago’s rich culture and ensure that capable young people take up the legacy that has been created,” stated Nichola Harvey, Head of TSTT’s Operations in Tobago, in a press briefing last week.

In addition to establishing the scholarship, TSTT has pledged itself to sponsoring the festival’s main events:

“Through bmobile and BLINK, we plan to have a presence throughout the duration of the festival, but in particular as principal sponsors for the opening night showcase,” added Harvey. Additionally, the organisation has pledged support for several community presentations including Mason Hall, Pembroke and SWUM which comprises Spring Garden, Whim, Union and Mary’s Hill.

Garnet Peters, Chairman of the Tobago Festival Committee said his organization was extremely grateful to TSTT adding that the company had a remarkably long association with the Heritage Festival. He applauded TSTT’s decision to commemorate their 21 years of support with the J.D. Elder scholarship noting that this would be a good incentive that can encourage more young people maintain a close involvement with their culture.”

The Tobago Heritage Festival is the island’s signature cultural event for the year and pays tribute to traditions that promote positive social and cultural values which have given Tobago its unique character recognized around the world. Tobago Heritage Festival is celebrated from July 16th to August 1st and this year’s chosen theme is “Tracing Footprints,” which signifies the role of the Tobago Heritage Festival in keeping the old traditions of the island alive.