Career & Education

Sagicor awards 75 scholarships

Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Sagicor Foundation awarded 75 tertiary and secondary scholarships for tuition and fees, books and other related school supplies at a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday.

The number of awards represents an increase over the 68 made in 2017.

As Sagicor explained it, the number of scholarships awarded to students who completed the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year increased from 37 last year to 50 this year. In that category, one-time academic grants valued at $40,000 went to 27 children of Jamaica Defence Force employees, while the remaining 23 each received full scholarships valued at $50,000 annually for their five years of high school. The full scholarships are renewed per annum on condition that the awardees maintain an average of 80 per cent and above.

In the tertiary category, 25 students were selected based on academic performance, community involvement, and volunteerism, strong leadership potential and financial need. They will be pursuing first degrees in varying fields of study at the following institutions — University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Mico University College, Northern Caribbean University, Caribbean Maritime University and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Each received a renewable scholarship valued at up to $250,000 towards tuition fees for a maximum of four years.

Guest speaker Jezeel Martin, associate at Myers, Fletcher & Gordon Attorneys-at-Laws, shared his story of trials and triumph, recounting his journey as a young boy growing up in the often violent community of August Town in St Andrew, to landing international scholarships and now, living out his childhood dream of being a lawyer.

In an overview of the scholarship programme, Sagicor Foundation Chairman R Danny Williams, commended the awardees for the attitudes and values they displayed throughout the scholarship process. He also encouraged the scholars to be bold advocates of change in their various environments.

“As you venture out on your new, exciting journey, I want you to take advantage of all the opportunities that will be presented to you in high school and university - be bold and confident in your endeavours and be an example for your peers to emulate,” Williams stated.

In his address to the awardees, Christopher Zacca, President and CEO, Sagicor Group Jamaica, reaffirmed Sagicor Foundation's focus on education and underscored the importance of corporate companies being socially responsible citizens.

“For us at Sagicor, we hold our scholarship programme very near and dear to our hearts. We understand and appreciate the value of receiving a sound education. We also know the relief a scholarship can provide to parents and guardians when it comes to school-related expenses. This is why we are pleased to be in a position where we can help so many promising young people achieve their dreams,” he said.

The scholars were selected from a pool of over 800 and are drawn from various Sagicor stakeholder groups, including clients, children of clients, team members and JDF employees. Awards were also made to the 2018 champion boy and girl from this year's staging of the Jamaica Teachers' Association/Sagicor National Athletics Championship.






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