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Jamalco gives $7m in grants

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Jamalco gives $7m in grants

Fifty-seven students from the parishes of Clarendon and Manchester have received educational assistance valued at $7 million from Jamalco for the upcoming school year.

The successful recipients received their commitment letters at a luncheon held at the Wembley Centre of Excellence recently. The grants, bursaries and scholarships were presented to students at the secondary and tertiary levels. The recipients were selected based on academics, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and demonstrated financial need.

Guest speaker and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education Robert Miller praised Jamalco for choosing to demonstrate its corporate social responsibility in the area of education. While congratulating the students, he urged them to make good use of their education, noting, "It does not matter which school you attend. It's about what you make of your circumstances."

CEO of Jamalco Antonio Melo encouraged the students to apply themselves and remain focused. "Your education is important because it is the one thing that no one can take away from you. I hope that with Jamalco's help, you will make a success of your time in school so that you will be able to make a valuable contribution to your family and community and, by doing this, you will improve Jamaica," he said.

Echoing the sentiments of the song, My Dream by Nesbeth, Corporate Services Manager Donna Marie Brooks-Gordon told the students to always keep their objectives in sight. "We are investing in your education to help make your dreams come true."