History, Significance and Winners (1930 - Present)
In Irving André's book, Dr. Desmond McIntyre - the Surgeon who Transformed Primary Health Care in Dominica, there is an interesting discussion about the Dominica Island Scholarship that McIntyre won. It describes the hard work entailed and the competition generated between the students of the St. Mary's Academy and the Dominica Grammar School. There is a similar discussion in Stanley Boyd's autobiography, Memoirs of a Many-Sided Newsman. In both of these descriptions, the Island Schol has the aura and seems the local equivalent of a Rhodes Scholarship. As a Grammar School boy of the 1950s, I too felt that invigorating competitive spirit and excitement. And I am sure this is shared by the generations of students competing for the Dominica Island Schol and the honor it brings. But who have been these Island Schol winners? That information is scattered here and there, but nowhere is there a comprehensive listing of these Island Scholars or a discussion of the island scholarship's significance.