Wolmer’s past student gives back with scholarships
Two current students of Wolmer's Boys' School and one incoming student have been awarded inaugural scholarships totalling $120,000.00 by the AQuA Foundation, whose executive director is Nigel Pennycooke, a past student of the school.
The boys are Kyle Williams and Ajani Clarke, grade-eight students who will be moving on to grade nine this September. The other youngster is Daniel Campbell of Allman Town Primary School, who will take up his place at Wolmer's come next month.
Pennycooke, a real-estate developer and financial consultant who now makes Florida his home, started the foundation in 1996 while living in Atlanta, Georgia.
It is operated as a charitable entity to support community development through the funding of education, community health and public safety initiatives.
Its most visible programmes were scholarship awards to promising high-school seniors in the US for use at tertiary institutions. However, Pennycooke says it was always his aim to extend the scholarship programme to Jamaica and, in particular, to focus on making a positive contribution to his beloved alma mater.
"The objective is to assist motivated students from challenging backgrounds to pursue dreams of higher education and impact Jamaica's national development."
Having attended the high school from 1970-1975, he felt that his years at Wolmer's were the most formative of his life and feels indebted to the institution for his achievements; so much so, that in 2002, he made a US$15,000 personal contribution to the school.
The AQuA Foundation is named in honour of the school's motto, 'Age Quod Agis'.
Both Clarke and Williams were chosen for the scholarship based on their consistent academic performance, good discipline, and on the recommendation of the guidance counsellor at Wolmer's.
For his part, Campbell, who was the head boy at Allman Town Primary, achieved highly creditable scores in the Grade Six Achievement Test.