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Elaine Bryan Foundation awards scholarships to UWI students

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
National Basketball Association legend Dikembe Mutombo is engaged in conversation with Dr Elaine Bryan at the luncheon.

Four students from the University of the West Indies (UWI) have received special gifts and scholarships at the Atlanta-based Elaine Bryan Foundation's Inspirational Luncheon and Awards ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this year. 

The foundation is headed by Dr Elaine Bryan, a Microsoft education partner and ambassador of the Sandy Springs Chamber in Georgia.

Dr Bryan says with sponsorship, it has achieved its mission "to improve students' achievement by providing education, empowerment and mentorship services, while inspiring them to dream big and connecting them to opportunities".

The foundation partnered with the Microsoft Corporation to host the fundraising event in celebration of its sixth anniversary.




Students have also received Microsoft Surfaces and tablets, and 25 had the opportunity to join a coding, computer programming and mentorship workshop, which was held from June 15-30 at Microsoft in Georgia, United States.

The foundation says it plans to award annual scholarships and Microsoft workshops and products to students who are completing their degrees at UWI.

Nine students received scholarships and 45 were given Microsoft products this year. The Elaine Bryan Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was established six years ago.

Sponsors of this year's event where the announcements were made included Microsoft Corporation, Delta Airlines, GraceKennedy USA, Jamaica National Building Society, Breezes Bahamas, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Golden Krust, Jamaica Tourist Board, Imani Marley, Couples Sans Souci, the University of the West Indies.

National Basketball Association legend Dikembe Mutombo, was keynote speaker, and also present were Mayor Rusty Paul, Transport Minister Mike Henry, and Pearnel Charles Jr.