Police credit union gives millions in bursaries
It has long been established that education is the vehicle that propels persons to reach desired life goals, but, unfortunately, the expenses related with this necessity make it hard for some students to achieve their full potential.
It is as a result of this that the Jamaica Police Co-operative Credit Union (JPCCU) has continued its efforts to award students who are excelling and are relatives of members of the financial institution with bursaries and scholarships.
This year, the credit union selected 54 students representing parish branches in Kingston, Portmore, Mandeville, Montego Bay, and St Mary.
Fifty-two successful Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students received J$15,000 bursaries each. Of that number, one student was awarded with a J$20,000 bursary for five years from the Credit Union League, while two tertiary students received scholarships of J$20,000 for five years each.
"... The credit union takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously, and over the years, the union has made it a habit of giving back to the community from which it derives all its accolades ... our strong commitment to education has been demonstrated over these years through the awards of scholarships and bursaries to members and their children both at the secondary and at the tertiary level," said Ray Palmer, assistant commissioner of police.
He added: "In addition to the GSAT scholarships and bursaries, the credit union also has three scholarships at each of the major universities in Jamaica - the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and Northern Caribbean University.
Since the inception of the scholarship and bursary programme, the credit union has given over J$10 million to students. These recipients have gone on to make positive strides in areas of law, national security, medicine, engineering, businesses, and finance.
Millions to spend
"... We are committed to spending in excess of $5 million for those we have already awarded. It is not inclusive of those we wish to come on board in years to come."
Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, who was the guest speaker, hailed the achievements of the children while pleading for help for those who had faltered due to several mitigating factors.
"As a people, we do have excellence in our nature ... it is really going to take a village for all of us who are in a position to do so to resolve many of the difficult challenges that they will face ... ."
Scholarship recipient Darren Fletcher was grateful for the award.
"You have given us the start we need to pursue our goals, and we hope the benevolence will continue for years to come."