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PWC picks 2017 scholars

Published:Friday | December 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Scholarship recipients Roshane Rochester (centre) and Andrea Dennis (second right) are flanked by PwC partners (from left) Paul Williams, Gail Moore, and Leighton McKnight.

Roshane Rochester and Andrea Dennis are the 2016-2017 PwC Annual Scholarship winners.

The two outstanding academics, selected to receive funding for completing a bachelor's in accounting, were awarded on Wednesday at the PwC Kingston office.

Every year, outstanding young academics from the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology benefit from scholarships funded by PwC, which, through its corporate social responsibility, is dedicated to promoting academic excellence in accounting.

"We believe that excellence should be awarded and celebrated. That is why every year, we donate scholarships to two students who display outstanding academic performance and embody the PwC values of hard work and commitment," said Leighton McKnight, territory leader for Jamaica.

The first PwC scholarships were awarded in 2009, and, since then, more than 22 students have benefitted and more than $500,000 has been donated.

The students are also able to receive an internship based on their performance, which provides them with exposure to the field of accounting along with mentorship from the firm's experienced accountants.

Many of the students go on to gain permanent employment with PwC and rise through the ranks to senior roles.

Both students were humbled to receive the scholarships, stating that it was "a dream come true", which would take them one step closer to achieving their academic goals.

"I'm the first of my siblings to attend university and the first to get a scholarship, so it was quite humbling and has motivated me to continue to work hard," said Rochester.

Dennis said: "There's no better way to end the year than with being awarded with a scholarship that solidifies that your hard work has paid off. I'm beyond grateful and looking forward to the opportunities that will come."