McIntosh Primary GSAT students get scholarship
ACKNOWLEDGING THE importance of a sound education and understanding the financial needs of many, the Preparing, Caring and Nurturing Kids for the Future organisation, comprising members of the diaspora and locals, awarded scholarships of more than $J2.1 million to present and past Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students of the McIntosh Memorial Primary School.
The organisation, based in Atlanta, United States of America, has been in existence for the last seven years and has evolved from assisting two students of the institution to making the total number 41.
With a special awards ceremony held at the Wesley Mount Methodist Church last Sunday, 11 GSAT students who averaged over 90 per cent were granted $J65,000 each, and the 25 past students who have maintained high averages received under $J30,000.
With talks of inviting other institutions on board, the board is planning on increasing the number of recipients significantly in the coming years.
"It is our hope that one day we will have standing room only for guests, and seats for recipients. The CEO, with the board, has set an aggressive target of 250 recipients by 2020 and that's five years away ... it shows that hope exists at every level because it shows that we are planting seeds of hope, and that number will be realised. And through the support that we have here and overseas, we intend to make that a reality," said Karl Ramsay, board member.
Carrying on the legacy of his grandmother and mother, president and CEO of the organisation, Garth Abiola, welcomed the assistance of others, especially the Church, in helping to create a bright future for the children.
"I want to challenge the Church to be more involved with the kids, and you don't have to give money, but give time, because that's the only way we can change Jamaica and the only way we can make a difference, because they are the future and they will make the difference," he said.
Among those in attendance was Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay who lauded the efforts of the foundation and deemed it a breath of fresh air.