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VMBS rewards excellence

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Some of the 53 VMBS 2014 Save2Grow bursary recipients following receipt of their awards after the presentation ceremony held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on August 15. - Contributed Photos
Vivienne Bayley-Hay (left), vice-president - group marketing and corporate affairs, with Lesa Robinson (second left), branch manager and member of the 2014 scholarship panel; Christopher Denny (third left), vice-president for distribution, with guest speaker, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman (third right), acting president of the University of Technology; Laraine Harrison - vice-president, group human resources administration; and Audley Knight - assistant vice-president, sales and service, Western Region, at the VMBS scholarship presentation ceremony. Here they are photographed with (from front left) Raheem McKain, Kirk Jones and Tenneice Brown, VMBS 2014 Future Plan Scholarship awardees.
Vivienne Bayley-Hay (left), vice-president, group marketing and corporate affairs, with guest speaker, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, acting president of the University of Technology; Laraine Harrison (right), vice-president, group human resources administration; and VMBS 2014 Junior Plan County Scholarship awardees Joshua Givans (front left) from Middlesex and Nikolas Buckle from the county of Surrey.
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Each year, VMBS awards a variety of scholarships and bursaries to GSAT students; those pursuing tertiary education and final-year teachers in the quest to upgrade their skills. This year, VMBS has awarded scholarships, bursaries and grants to 61 recipients, an increase of more than 100 per cent from last year.

These have been allocated as follows: VMBS GSAT 'Head-Start' Bursary - 53 recipients, VMBS Junior Plan 'Head-Start' Scholarship - three recipients, VMBS Future Plan 'Head-Start' Scholarship - three recipients, and the VMBS Master Plan 'Head-Start' Scholarship, with the beneficiary being a 'Master Plan' saver pursuing final-year studies at a local university.

The Head-Start scholarship programme forms part of the company's Schools Savings Programme that was designed to reward excellence in student savers. The programme presents several opportunities for students who save while they pursue their education to qualify for scholarships, bursaries and grants.

Since 1987, VMBS has granted in excess of 1,600 scholarships and bursaries to students at all levels of the educational system. VMBS has also made special scholarship awards each year to Jamaica Teachers' Association member teachers pursuing final-year studies in tertiary institutions.

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