PetroJam fueling the youth of Jamaica
PetroJam Limited, Jamaica's sole oil refinery, hosted its 12th annual GSAT Awards Ceremony under the theme 'Building Future Leaders' at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel last Friday.
Over the years, the company, through its GSAT programme, has awarded scholarships to the top-performing boy and girl in the GSAT examinations from the Greenwich All-Age and St Andrew Primary schools.
This years' awardees are Ricardo Monroe and Jodi-Ann Treleven from Greenwich All-Age and Mekhi Richards and Kawiona Young from St Andrew Primary. The five-year scholarships, valued at $60,000 per year, per student, covers tuition, books, and other fees. The students are required to maintain good grades to keep their scholarships.
PetroJam's General Manager Floyd Grindley explained that: "At Petrojam, we understand that with the right motivation, students will excel beyond their expectations, so we decided to create a scholarship programme to ensure that children in communities that are close to the refinery can have access to a (good) quality secondary education."
He continued: "Through this initiative, we continue to play our part in ensuring that our nation reaps the benefits of increased investment in and partnerships at the secondary level as we work to achieve one of the goals of Vision 2030, which is to ensure that Jamaicans are empowered to achieve their fullest potential through access to inclusive, equitable, and quality education."
HOMEWORK, MENTORSHIP PROGRAMMES
The company also provides a homework and mentorship programme to assist the students in their overall success. Each student is assigned a mentor from Petrojam's staff, who offers academic support for the duration of the scholarship. A paid tutor is also assigned to the company's Homework programme to ensure that they have the relevant support.
Since the scholarships' inception in 2006, over 20 students have benefitted from this initiative. The scholarship has significantly impacted the community positively and has fostered pride and integrity in, not only the students who received these scholarships, but also the teachers who work assiduously for their students to have a chance to receive the scholarship.
The awardees are selected by the Ministry of Education and announced among the Government Scholarship awardees.
"Awardees must maintain a B average for the duration of the scholarship and our mentorship programme assists them in achieving this goal. We look forward to another year of greatness with these young shining stars. Good luck to them all!" Grindley added.