Olive and Clairmonte Thompson Memorial Scholarship
The Angie Kennedy Educational Foundation is proud to sponsor the Olive and Clairmonte Thompson Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a student of Barbadian nationality or descent.
Clairmonte Thompson was born in 1920 in the parish of St. George on the Caribbean island of Barbados. As a young man, he was determined to succeed and do more than to work in the cane fields. He became skilled at carpentry and joinery while still a teenager. He was an avid craftsman who excelled at these crafts and could fashion any material into a work of art. In his early 20s, he also served in the British Army Caribbean Forces Division, and traveled throughout Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Clairmonte was a hard-working man who always honored his duty to provide for his family and he continued to work well into his seventies. He had a unique quality in him, that anyone in his presence felt special. Among his many attributes were his selflessness, generosity towards others and his deep unwavering faith and trust in God.
Olive Thompson (nee McCollin) was born in 1923 in the parish of St. George, Barbados. She later moved to Bank Hall, St. Michael where she lived with her grandmother. It was during this time of living with her grandmother that she met her future husband, Clairmonte. They were married on December 29, 1943 shortly before Clairmonte, as a young soldier, left to go off to World War II. Prior to getting married, Olive worked as a maid. As a young wife and mother, although she no longer worked outside the home, she was always a disciplined and hard-working woman. Those that knew and loved Olive Thompson, remember her as a woman of great character; faithful in her lifelong walk with the Lord; loving to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; generous and kind to others; and never one to hold a grudge.
Although neither Olive nor Clairmonte completed school beyond the elementary level, a brief conversation with either of them would tell you that they were extremely knowledgeable, intelligent and full of wisdom. They valued education, and ensured that each of their children were afforded that which they were not.
This scholarship is established in their memory in order to support future generations and continue the legacy of discipline, hard-work and commitment to learning. The criteria for this scholarship is as follows:
The recipient must: