Junior mayor cops 2018 Burger King Open Tertiary Scholarship
It has been an eventful year for Campion College alumna Annakay Hudson to say the least.
Top passes in 10 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) subjects and an appointment as junior mayor of Kingston have the 19-year-old flying high.
However, by her own admission, it's her most recent feat that has set her up to achieve "the best in life".
Hudson, the just-awarded 2018 Burger King Open Scholarship recipient, bested 238 other secondary applicants to cop the $900,000 grant, which she hopes to maximise at the University of the West Indies in pursuit of a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS).
"University is very costly, as we all know, but the MBBS programme, especially. This scholarship is $300,000 per year for three years, and that's not something my parents can just casually pick up. So for me and them, it's a huge chip off the iceberg, and it certainly makes the figures look more manageable," said Hudson, who, on Monday, was lauded during an awards ceremony at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew.
The second-ever recipient of the scholarship, Hudson attained a total of six grade ones, three grade twos, and a single grade three in both units of CAPE, in addition to nine grade ones in her Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.
I WAS STILL SHOCKED
"I applied feeling confident in my essay and my grades, but I was still shocked," related Hudson, who is also big on community service, another criterion for the scholarship.
She added: "Grades are important but it's not always about academics. While on your path to excellence, it's imperative that you invest your time in other activities that will cause you to meet other persons, learn people skills, and develop traits that will shape your character and make you an all-rounder."
The outspoken Campionite, who is now eagerly awaiting acceptance into the MBBS programme, has a burning desire to specialise and become a forensic pathologist upon completing the degree, but if not selected, she has an alternative.
"My Plan B is that I'll be reading for a BSc in general chemistry, and I'm still thinking about what will come after that. But I'll definitely end up achieving my ultimate goal even if the path is different," she stated quite confidently.
Burger King serves up $3.8 million in scholarships
Restaurant Associates Limited (RAL) franchise operator of Burger King in Jamaica on Monday awarded $3.8 million in scholarships and grants to 24 students enrolling in local secondary and tertiary institutions in the coming weeks.
Conceptualised by RAL chairman Lois Sherwood, the scholarships were awarded to students who achieved exemplary excellence in academics and community involvement and who are in need of financial assistance to transition to the next level of education.
The awards ceremony, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew, was attended by beaming parents and relatives of the scholars and featured vibrant artistic performances and musical renditions.
"Each year, we get hundreds of responses when we advertise the Burger King Scholarship, and we are always moved by the determination of the applicants to excel academically as well as by their efforts to serve in their communities," said Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe, head of sales and marketing at RAL.
"Many face limiting economic and social challenges, yet their resolve to do well and give generously to others is not limited. Our scholarships honour these virtues, and we feel privileged to provide the much-needed funds to help them on their academic journey," she added.
Tatyana Graham copped the Lois Sherwood Scholarship, awarded annually to a student of St Andrew High School for Girls "who embodies excellence in academics and community service".
Graham is set to read for a BSc in Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The Rodwell Lake Scholarship was presented to Rhagete Price, who will be pursuing a BSc in microbiology and biochemistry at the UWI.
The Burger King Open Tertiary Scholarship, introduced for the first time last year, attracted the most applicants - 239 - and was awarded to Annakay Hudson, a graduate of Campion College and pathologist hopeful.
The Lois Sherwood Arts Scholarship was awarded to Amelia Wellington.