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Twelve years ago, Krystle Dookoo left the comfort of her family, friends and home in Trinidad to attend Monroe College on a partial academic scholarship. Nearly 2,500 miles from home, she spent the next two years working and pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in business and hospitality. Her experience, though challenging at times, proved to be one of the best things that has ever happened to her. That’s why she has established a tuition assistance grant for students from Trinidad and Tobago, going into effect this Fall. “I would not be the person I am today had it not been for the opportunity to come to Monroe,” Krystle says. “Coming from a small island, there are a lot of students who are talented and bright and able to leave their mark on the world, but are hindered because of finances.” Working in Monroe’s International Office, Krystle spoke to many students who had the drive to attend college, but struggled financially. That was when she realized that she wanted to help students financially so they could chase their dreams. When her mother passed away in 2013, she was inspired to establish a grant in her mother’s memory.“My mom always helped people,” Krystle says. “She was an amazing mother, and she was a big advocate for education. I’m an only child, and before she passed away, I promised her that I would continue her legacy.”
The Sylvin R. Dookoo Memorial Grant was approved this past Spring and will provide $3,000 in tuition assistance to one student each year from Trinidad, distributed in increments of $1,000 for the Fall, Winter and Spring semester.
After 12 years of studying and working at Monroe College, Krystle has returned home to Trinidad to work on growing her own social media marketing company and pursue her dream of creating a foundation with her father to help more local students attend Monroe. “I want to continue giving back to my school that has helped me so much, and give students the opportunity I had. I know how much an extra thousand can go – how far it can take you.”