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59 head back to school with VM Foundation funds

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Fifty-nine students were named beneficiaries of Head-Start scholarships and grants at the Victoria Mutual (VM) Foundation's 2018 Scholarship Awards Presentation at Knustford Court Hotel in St Andrew on Thursday, August 28.

Now in its 33rd year, the programme continues to reward scholastic achievement in students who save with Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), whether at the primary, secondary or tertiary level.

For tertiary students hoping to purse graduate studies, the candidate must be in his or her final year of undergraduate studies and demonstrate distinguished academic performance, involvement in extra-curricular activities, leadership qualities, financial need, as well as a willingness to be interviewed. One such scholarship, the VMBS Master Plan Head Start Scholarship valued $160,000, was awarded.

VM Foundation rewarded four secondary students, with active VMBS accounts who have completed external examinations in fifth and/or sixth form, with VMBS Future Plan Head Start Scholarships valued at $130,000 per annum, for up to four years.

In addition, over 50 primary school students were presented with cheques for their performance in the now defunct Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which they sat earlier this year. Fifty-one received VMBS GSAT bursaries valued at $20,000 each. Meanwhile, three top performers from Jamaica's three counties were respectively selected for the five-year VM Junior Plan Head Start Scholarship per annum, worth $40,000 each.

Manager of VM Foundation Brigette Levy underscored the organisation's commitment to youth empowerment while encouraging the awardees to never take for granted being rewarded with financial assistance.

“Awardees, there are many other students just like you who wish that they could receive the scholarships and bursaries you are receiving today,” she said. Please don't take this lightly but, instead, take full advantage of this opportunity by working hard, staying focused and dedicated to your schoolwork.”

Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green, who was keynote speaker at the awards, challenged the beneficiaries in like manner.

“Aim for excellence. We need to change the way we speak. Let us not focus on 'doing well'. Instead, let us strive for excellence,” he stated.

Since inception, VM Foundation has provided over 1,600 students with scholarships and grants.

— Josimar Scott

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