6-y-o gives scholarship in father's memory
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
ALEX GRANT is only six years old and is already trodding in his father's footsteps as a philanthropist.
He will be sponsoring a 14-year-old athlete in memory of his late dad, Martin Grant. Grant, who was a sponsor through the James and Friends Education Programme (JFEP) was gunned down at his gate in Mona, St Andrew, last October. So, in honour of his dedication and commitment to community service, his family is continuing this good unfinished deed he left in his memory.
Although Alex is not able to provide the financial support, he fully understands that he is helping someone with something very important. His paternal grandmother, Heather Lee Grant, will be handling the responsibility on his behalf.
"I remember once he said to me, 'Grandma, you know my dad has a big job and he had great plans', so I think he understands to a point what his dad was about," she explained.
"Before he died, Martin was actively involved in community service. Alex was very close to his dad and so from very early, he always assisted him with anything he was doing that he could manage. Alex knew his dad was a helpful person and so we (including Alex's mom) decided to sponsor this needy, but deserving student in his memory. His son can't do financial sponsorship, so I'm going to do it for him in
memory of his dad," said Lee Grant.
counting her blessings
Britanya Williams, on the other hand, is counting her blessings as she is on the receiving end of this heart-warming gesture. The grade-eight Central High School student has demonstrated a genuine need as she has been excelling in the academics as well as in track and field. Her athletic prowess has also earned her a one-year gym sponsorship and fitness training as well as doctors visits to further enhance her abilities. The scholarship is valued at $200,000 over two years.
"I feel very elated and grateful for this offer. I will continue to work hard and try to be a role model for others. I will put all my effort to doing my best academically as well as in sports."
Williams has been burning up the tracks ever since grade seven, as she was the champion girl. "At the last sports day, I won 10 medals; five gold, two silver and three bronze," she boasted.
Britanya's mother, Tamara Thomas, said she too is happy that her child received this scholarship as it will be beneficial to her. "Times are hard and I do try my best to look after her the best way I can, but I have three others, so it's really a challenge sometimes. So I thank the JFEP because I can breathe easy for now. I know she loves sports and she dreams of attending a university one day to pursue her ambition of becoming a doctor," said Thomas.