Twelve tertiary students received over $5M in scholarships and grants yesterday at King’s House as part of the Governor-General’s Summer of Service Programme under the I Believe Initiative.
The students who are enrolled in institutions such as the University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Caribbean Maritime University and College of Agriculture, Science and Education were awarded through the competition which recognizes students for outstanding voluntary work undertaken during the Summer holiday period.
Speaking at the awards function, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen encouraged the awardees to continue to foster a culture of volunteerism as an avenue for self-development and national growth.
“Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help to enrich the lives of others. The fact is, none of us truly wins until we all win,” stated His Excellency.
He further encouraged the youngsters to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves; considering not only the possible financial gains but the wealth of experience to be garnered.
The students who received awards during the ceremony were: Ashera Barron, Ashley Bernard, Samantha Forrester, James Peart, Jastine Smith, Samantha Webb, and Magali Williams who will pursue studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona; Stephanie Wright, Northern Caribbean University; Kerone Miller, The Mico University; Brittania Derby and Mellisa Edwards who will attend the Caribbean Maritime University; and Phillip Griffiths, University of Technology.
The scholarships and grants were made available through sponsorships from: NCB Foundation, Derrimon Trading Company; Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited; the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; Kingston Bookshop; Caribbean Maritime University; and First Regional Co-operative Credit Union.