Scholarship named in honour of Emile Martin
THE WORLD-famous Doctor's Cave Bathing Club has announced the establishment of a scholarship in honour of its chairman, Emile Martin.
A stalwart of Caribbean culture, the scholarship, valued at $1.035 million, will cover full tuition for a bachelor of arts student registered in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC).
Tenable for three years with a total of 90 credits, the scholarship recipient will receive up to US$3,000 annually, including miscellaneous fees. Some students can take up to four years if they do not have the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations passes or an associate degree, the Doctor's Cave chairman, who has served in this position for the last 34 years, told The Gleaner.
He said the historic bathing club was ready to spend money on educational activities, mainly for students who embark on areas that will contribute meaningfully to the region.
A cultural ambassador himself, Martin has had a rich background in the travel and tourism sector, having founded one of the country's first tour companies, Martin's Jamaica.
The announcement has been welcomed by the UWI WJC's acting campus director, Patrick Prendergast, who said the institution was keen on deepening its relationship in the community.
"Initiatives such as the Emile Martin Scholarship in Cultural Studies help us to do that and at the same time carry on the memory of someone who has contributed so much to the development of tourism and culture in Montego Bay," said Prendergast.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students should apply for the award on the standard UWI Scholarship Application Form and should satisfy the following requirements:
n Students should be from the western region of Jamaica; should submit curriculum vitae and a biographical letter that must include why they were drawn to the areas of cultural studies and how they can play a role in advancing the prominence of Caribbean culture locally and internationally;
n Students should demonstrate the need for financial assistance;
n Where there are several applicants, there will be an interview process by a committee which includes members of the Doctor's Cave Committee and the UWI.