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Thursday, 05 October 2017 17:37

GraceKennedy Foundation Awards Over $19m In Scholarships To University Students

 [KINGSTON, JAMAICA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017] –  Eighty-Four University students received scholarships from the GraceKennedy Foundation on Thursday, September 28 in a ceremony held at the University of the West Indies.

Forty-three new scholarships were awarded this year, along with 13 renewals, 48 merit scholarships. Two of scholarships are named in honour of GraceKennedy's former CEOs – Rafael Diaz and Douglas Orane; while others are awarded specifically to the University of the West Indies (UWI); the University of Technology (UTECH); the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the Caribbean Maritime University.

Caribbean Maritime University, the recently upgraded institution which achieved University Status on September 28, had two GraceKennedy Foundation scholarship recipients this year. Making them the two first students to be awarded under the Universities new rank.

"This was my first year conducting scholarship interviews and it was a rewarding experience to see some of Jamaica's outstanding and bright young persons who, many times, would not have been able to attend university had it not been for the award they received. We are glad to be able to contribute towards their future," stated Dr. Fred Kennedy, newly appointed Chair of the Foundation. 

GraceKennedy Foundation scholarship awardees from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts proudly display their certificate following the ceremony held on Thursday, September 28 at the University of the West Indies. From left Dr Fed Kennedy, Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation ; Tiaunah Coore, Waldane Walker, Paualshay Forbes, Ryan Scott, Melody McDowell, scholarship officer at the EMCVP; Lashaun Douglas and Caroline Mahfood, Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation.Among this year's new scholarship awardees are Glendon Taylor, (UTECH); Akeem Kitson, (Rafael Diaz Scholar for a student studying Business at the UWI); Jachin Mullings, (Douglas Orane Scholar for a student studying Science, Technology or Engineering at either UWI or UTech); Ryan Scott, (Edna Manley College scholar); Jade Francis, (GraceKennedy/Jamaica scholar); Samantha Smith and Carla Jones. (Caribbean Maritime University Final Year scholars). 

In affirmation, Ryan Scott, the Edna Manley Scholar described his award as a life saver.

"This scholarship came when I was at my wit's end. There were so many challenges staring me in the face and I was just about to give up hope of being able to go to school. Gladly, the scholarship came just in time and reminds me to always maintain hope and determination," Mr. Scott said.

At the award ceremony, guest speaker, Mr. Chaluk Richards, a former GraceKennedy Foundation Carlton Alexander scholar encouraged the recipients to "use your time, skill and effort to make the people and environment around you that much better." Mr Richards is Assistant General Manager at GK General Insurance Company Ltd. 

Samantha Smith one of two scholars from the recently upgraded Caribbean Maritime University receives her scholarship certificate from Chaluk Richards, Assistant General Manager, GK General Insurance Company Ltd.

The GraceKennedy Foundation is in its 35th year and supports educational and environmental programmes and processes. For 2017, the Foundation has offered a total of 111 scholarships and bursaries valued at 20.6 million.