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Sol Petroleum gives scholarship

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Dexter Dean Colquhoun (seated, centre) recipient of the Sol scholarship, is flanked by previous Sol scholarship recipients Trudy Ann Davis (left) and Sonellia Green. Looking on are deputy principal, UWI Mona Campus Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa (standing, left) and Karoline Smith, marketing implementer, Sol Petroleum Jamaica.

Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer

Sol Petroleum's reputation as a leading regional company for Caribbean students seeking internships or pursuing highly fulfilling careers has been enhanced following the recent award of the Sol Petroleum Scholarship to Dexter Dean Colquhoun, post graduate student of the University of the West Indies (UWI).


The Sol Petroleum Scholarship was founded on an agreement between the company and the UWI, Cave Hill campus with the aim of providing funding for high-performing students across all UWI campuses. The scholarship is awarded to eligible students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels enrolled in the faculties of Engineering, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. Colquhoun, who has a Master of Philosophy in Marine Sciences, said the scholarship will play an integral role in providing funding to carry out research activities.

"I am very interested in imparting my knowledge gained to my fellow Jamaicans, especially about the importance of preserving the environment," he said. "Research activities will include diving gear and equipment, sampling, boat fuels etc. as well as daily expenses related to research which will take 18 months." Karoline Smith, marketing implementer at Sol Petroleum Jamaica, said the partnership is in line with the work which Sol has been undertaking across the region from a social investment and community development perspective.

The scholarship, valued at US$15,000 or approximately J$1,690,000, is divided between the recipient and the UWI, of which US$12,500 or J$1,406,250 goes towards the student, with the UWI receiving the remaining amount.