Carlon Bute, a recent graduate of St. Vincent Boys Grammer School and a resident of Kingstown, has been awarded a $1,000 grant to help support his studies in computer science.
Mr. Bute, who is planning on entering community college to further his interest in building computers as well as creating gaming controls and robotics, is hoping to eventually earn a scholarship to travel to Taiwan and continue his studies in computers and technology.
The 17-year old will be using this initial grant to begin his college studies.
The grant award was made by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund, a fund established in memory of Hunter Watson, a student who was to enter his junior year at Syracuse University but died tragically as a passenger in an automobile accident in the summer of 2016.
Hunter an accomplished musician and composer, was very involved with technology and computer gaming, along with several other strong interests.
One of the purposes of the grant program is to encourage and support young people demonstrating the same caring, passions and enthusiasms that Hunter displayed in his life.
The grant program not only provides the funding grant, but also offers mentoring for the grant recipients from members of the Memorial Fund who have experience and expertise in the area of interest.
Additional information about the program, as well as applications for upcoming grant cycles, is available through the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund website at www.hunterwatson.org.
Applications for the next grant cycle are due by November 15, 2017.