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Four head to the UK with Chevening Scholarship

Published:Monday | September 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Alicia Maragh, Donna Miller and Anika Gray, take part in a send-off reception hosted by British High Commissioner David Fitton for Chevening scholars at Trafalgar House in St Andrew last Friday. Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer

Donna Miller, an urban planner, is among four persons who will be pursuing studies in London, having received the Chevening scholarship last week.

The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship scheme which enables students with leadership qualities from 144 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom.

Speaking with The Gleaner at the send-off ceremony, which was held at the British High Commission in New Kingston, Miller said it is important that persons do not give up on their dreams.

"I remember 2007 to 2011 being a rough period for me because I was unemployed. I have always heard of this scholarship as well and applied several times but didn't get through. At times, I got discouraged but I never gave up and today I am reaping the rewards," she told The Gleaner.

time to give back

She will be going to the University of Reading in London where she will be reading for a master's degree in climate change and development.

"My mother always said it is not where you come from but it is where you are going and I always kept that close to me. Now it's time for me to make use of the opportunity, represent my country and give back," said Miller, who hails from the parish of Portland.

Alecia Maragh, 27, who will be going to the London School of Economics and Political Science, says the scholarship is a dream come through.

"It was a difficult interview and I know that it's a competitive process so I was ecstatic when I got the email. Had it not been for this scholarship I know I would have had to wait a little longer to pursue my masters so I am extremely grateful to the British government and what they are doing for young people," Maragh told The Gleaner.

build strong networks

Julia Sutherland, deputy British High Commissioner to Jamaica, stressed that with the world becoming an increasing global market, it is imperative that persons build strong networks.

"We believe that this is a wonderful platform through which individuals can build on their careers. We also see this as an opportunity to motivate individuals not only for themselves but for their country," she said.

"We are moved by the talent that exists among youth here in Jamaica. We are also aware that education is the only vehicle that can move any nation so we will forever be committed to the cause," she declared.

Three Jamaicans and one Bahamian have been awarded the scholarship this year. The other Jamaican is Anika Gray, an attorney-at-law, who will be pursuing a master's degree in public policy at the University of Oxford. The Bahamian is Wilfred Adderley II.