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NCB Employees Credit Union awards top GSAT achievers

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster-Allen (right), congratulates Jodian Brandon after presenting her with a scholarship cheque valued at $50,000. - JIS

Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer

Jodian Brandon and Kevaughn Turnbull of Mona and Trafalgar Christian preparatory schools, respectively, are the recipients of this year's NCB Employees Co-operative Credit Union Limited (NCBECCU) Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships.

Both students got 90 per cent averages which qualify them for the scholarships, valued, at $50,000 each.

Eleven-year-old Brandon, who will be heading to St Andrew High School for Girls, was elated.

"I am very excited and happy that I got this scholarship," said Brandon. "I worked very hard to achieve it and I even had to do extra classes to make sure I got my school of choice, so I am feeling good right now," she further said.

Turnbull, who will start the next school year at Wolmers' Boys, was thankful for the sponsors.


"I would like to thank the NCB Credit Union for this and I know I deserved this scholarship," said Turnbull. "My mom told me to deal with GSAT like a normal test and that's what I did, and here is the result," he argued.

The scholarships are renewable for the five years of high school as long as they both maintain averages of 70 per cent and over. Both awardees shared that they will be doing their best. NCBECCU handed over a maximum of $400,000, which would cover not only the new recipients of the scholarships, but also the other six returning recipients who did their best in maintaining their scholarships.

Joan Garfield, the general manager of NCB Co-operative Credit Union Limited, said the foundation is looking at extending the scholarship to university level.

"We feel very grateful to God, being able to assist these persons to start their high-school journey," said Garfield.

"We are really looking at expanding the scholarship to the university-level students. It is just high schools we cover and so we are thinking of starting next year with our first set of graduates," she said.