March 6, 2014
Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has launched the I Believe/Monroe Scholarship on Thursday, March 6 at King’s House. The scholarship is being offered in partnership with Monroe College, New York and Philanthropists James and Manuela Goren in the field of Information Technology.
Sir Patrick Allen said that
: in preparation for the IBI Youth Consultative Conferences in 2012, it was determined that emphasis would be placed on entrepreneurship and technology, in recognition of the fact that a large number of young people leaving universities and colleges were unable to find employment. “Additionally, many are skilled in the field of information technology, but they lacked the opportunity to develop these to certification level,” the Governor-General said. “We therefore began to seek ways to encourage qualified, talented youth to consider creating their own businesses, including technology,” he added.
The scholarship is being offered under Sir Patrick’s “I Believe Initiative” (IBI) and will see one deserving student studying for four years at the Monroe College’s New Rochelle Campus in New York, beginning August 2014.
The Governor-General noted the generous support of media companies The Jamaica Information Service, The Jamaica Observer and The Gleaner Company in promoting the scholarship.
Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, Director of Government Relations and Outreach for the Caribbean Region, Monroe College said that a scholarship in Information Technology is strategic to the Logistic Hub which is to come on stream in Jamaica and noted the importance of creating opportunities for Jamaica’s youth as they are key to the country’s development. She restated Monroe College’s commitment to helping Jamaica achieve its educational goals adding that the institution has been assisting Jamaicans achieve higher education for some 25 years.
In remarks at the launch, the Hon. Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining commended the Governor-General for using his office and the I Believe Initiative, to advance information technology in Jamaica, especially among young people. “Jamaica must become a producer of Information and Communication Technology and in this regard, the I Believe/Monroe Scholarship is an important enabler,” Minister Robinson stated. “I am happy that the Governor-General recognises the importance of ICT and that the scholarship recipient will be required to return to Jamaica and help in the development of the industry,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Goren family expressed their confidence in the people of Jamaica and in the Governor-General’s programme. They also noted the importance of having the recipient of the scholarship returning to Jamaica in order to contribute to local the I.T. sector.
The launch culminated with a rendition of the I Believe theme song performed by Ms. Shadelle Hill, a member of the Taylor Hall Chorale at the University of the West Indies.
The applicant should be a resident Jamaican National, have a strong sense of volunteerism, demonstrate a willingness to contribute to Jamaica’s growth and development and possess a minimum of seven (7) CXC/CSEC passes and three CAPE, all at high grades. Interested candidates must complete and submit an application form which should be downloaded from the IBI website at ibelieveinitiative.org/. Deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2014 at 12 midnight.
The selected candidate will be required to return to Jamaica to work for a minimum of three years.