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Teen Moms receive scholarships

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Rachael Phipps-Lewis (left), scholarship recipient, receiving award from Keisha-Ann Gray - a donor.Kindest regards.

The Women's Health Network (WHN) Jamaica has given teen mothers a scholarship award to help ease their financial, educational, health and socio-psychological challenges.

The first presentation of awards was held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Thursday, and donated by the family of Grace Veronica Rattray-Cato. Rattray-Cato became pregnant at 16 years old but rose beyond her circumstances to become a midwife and registered nurse at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. The scholarship committee selected a candidate's financial needs and a desire to succeed as exemplified by Rattray-Cato's life. They are: Rachael Phipps-Lewis, Kimberly Hunter and Alicia Dawes.

Executive director of WHN, Dr Rudolph Stevens, noted, "We have been looking for someone with a similar circumstance but with proper values and who has triumphed over adversities, create a mental model for other teen moms to emulate, build resilience and to become empowered to the point of rising above their circumstance to realise their true potential. We found her Grace Rattray-Cato."

The scholarship will cover educational administrative and exams fees, personal expenses, books, transportation, meals, health-care plan, as well as care packages. Each recipient is required to participate in a mentoring programme from the WHN and has specific outcome targets to achieve for renewal of assistance every year.