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IGL Helps Medical students, nurses

Published:Tuesday | January 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo New and renewed IGL scholarship recipients pose with Bevon Francis (far right), chairman, IGL board of directors.

There were accolades aplenty for IGL at the company's 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients' Dinner Education Awards last Tuesday evening at Jade Garden Restaurant.

But none was more moving than the standing ovation scholarship recipients gave the directors for helping them realise their dreams of becoming medical doctors and nurses.

"I never would have made it without you," Michelle Hunter a second-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI)) told the audience. Hunter, who had her scholarship renewed for the 2014-2015 academic year, said she had seen several persons drop out of the programme as a result of financial difficulties.

Razai Rahaman Scholarship

The IGL Legacy Scholarship started in 2007 as its "commitment to the future of healthcare and education in Jamaica". So impressed was the company with the pool of candidates, it extended the nursing scholarship to three students the following year and increased the award from $75,000 to $100,000. Later, students pursuing medicine were brought under the umbrella with the creation of the Razai Rahaman Scholarship for Medical Studies.

The scholarships, valued at $650,000 (medicine) and $100,000 (nursing), run for four and five years, respectively, and target needy students with outstanding academic performance and exemplary community service. Students must, however, maintain good academic performance and conduct in order to have their scholarship renewed each year.

Twelve scholarships were given for 2014-2015. The recipients are: Erika Raynor and Samantha Mosha, both first-time recipients; Michelle Hunter, Matthew Lyew, Gary Sang, Kaydeen Morris, Natoya Bent and Chantal Clarkewho received extended scholarships under the 2013 programme. Latoya Brown and Shakara Daley received extended scholarships for 2014-2015 while management studies recipients, Romaine Williams and Giovanna Williams had their scholarships renewed for 2014-2015. Romaine was named the IGL Jubilee Scholarship awardee.

Newly installed UWI Deputy Principal Dr Ishenkumba Kahwa, who gave anecdotal evidence of the impact of IGL's contribution on its students and the wider university community, implored the company to continue its support of UWI.

IGL has disbursed $22,830,000 million dollars in scholarships since 2007 and will, this year, pay out more than $10,000,000 million dollars on behalf of the students. IGL Director Razai Rahaman and chairman of IGL's parent company, the Rahmut Group in whose name the award is given, said the company will continue to invest in health, and the education of the Jamaican youths as part of its philosophy. "Giving education to the people who cannot afford it gives them an opportunity to see life in a different way. They would not need help. Once you give that you equip them for the future," he said.

Also present were IGL directors Imtiaz Rahaman, Raffia Rahaman, Dr Judith Robinson among others from the IGL board.

IGL has been Jamaica's leading distributor of LPG and a primary manufacturer of medical and industrial gases for the past 53 years, boasting more than 2,000 distribution outlets islandwide. The company prides itself on maintaining the highest standards of safety, service, reliability and technical innovation.