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Sanmerna Foundation gives to further youth education

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Robert White (left), director of Sanmerna Foundation Ltd, and Sanmerna Foundation Chairman Viris Clarke-Ellis (second left) make a presentation to 2018 GSAT scholars. Bryan Guscott (second right), principal of Greenwich Primary, and Vinette Simms (right), principal of Balmagie Primary, share in the moment following an awards ceremony held at the Balmagie Primary School in St Andrew. A total of $1.2 million in scholarships was presented to 24 students yesterday.

Twenty-four students from Balmagie and Duhaney Park primary schools and Greenwich All-Age in St Andrew, along with their parents, were all smiling as they left a Grade Six Achievement Test awards ceremony yesterday.

The ceremony was held at the Balmagie Primary School in Kingston 11 and was made possible through the Sanmerna Foundation Ltd.

Sanmerna provided bursaries totalling $1.2 million to foster a sense of responsibility and hope among young, disadvantaged youths in inner-city communities.

The students were encouraged to continue succeeding in their studies and were promised a continuation of assistance throughout their time in high school.

"In order to continue getting the money in high school, you have to maintain a certain grade - at least a B average. Not only must you maintain good grades, but you must have good behaviour," Sanmerna Foundation Chairman Viris Clarke-Ellis implored the boys and girls.

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com