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Jamalco Invests in Education

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 9:00 AMKeisha Hill
Beneficiaries of Jamalco’s Education Assistance Programme during the recent scholarship awards function. Sharing the occasion are Leo Lambert (second row, left), head of corporate services and government affairs, and Jacinth Williams (second row, right), dean of discipline at Vere Technical High School.
Shantol Nelson (right), nursing student at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, smiles as she accepts her commitment letter from Karen Martin-Mills of the South Manchester Community Council.
Nicole Aitken-Pinnock, Sunshine Girls captain and student at G.C. Foster College, accepts a scholarship cheque from Florizel Thompson, chairman of the Port Community Council.
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More than 250 primary-, secondary-, and tertiary-level students from Jamalco's operating areas recently received educational assistance valued at $10 million for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Thirty-nine students received scholarships, 11 received bursaries and 70 received book grants. Another 130 students who reside in the mining communities will receive books and other school supplies. All were selected based on need and academic performance.

Leo Lambert, head of corporate services and government affairs, encouraged the students to focus on their education as this was the only way that they will achieve success. "You need to make the best use of the opportunity you have been given. You will only get out of this experience what you put into it. Seize it with both hands and remain focused," Lambert said.

Some 2,000 students have benefited from the scholarship awards programme since its inception seven years ago.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com