St Catherine students get scholarships
LINSTEAD, St Catherine:
Following an award of cash, trophies and medals to 32 students from St Catherine who are attending high schools and colleges early last month, five more students received similar awards during a church service, held at the Open Bible Church in Charlemont, St Catherine, recently.
This awards were made possible due to the consistency of Claude and Pauline Beecher, a husband-and-wife team who have been hosting the Clifford and Mavis Beecher Foundation awards for 13 years, in memory of his late parents who were educators.
Of the five honoured, two are attending high schools in the parish and three presently attending tertiary institutions. Thirty-two others drawn from Crescent, Horizon Park primary and Oneness Apostolic Preparatory schools were all given cash donations amounting to $250,000 along with individual medals and trophies earlier in August.
"God has inspired us to build on the concept started by my late parents, to give back to the community; not only to the students, but to the poor and needy," Claude Beecher told The Gleaner.
"In these 13 years, we have reached over 300 students with assistance to make their transition to high schools and colleges much smoother," Mr Beecher added.
Beecher said during this period, millions of dollars have been expended preparing for the award ceremonies.
"God has given us the strength and the donors to enable us to execute this venture on behalf of his people," he proclaimed.
Kerimah Samuels, who is now attending the University of Technology, said the Beechers have warmed the hearts of many with their annual awards.
"I am very grateful to the Beechers. Their kind gesture has helped us in many ways in our back-to-school preparations," she acknowledged.
Apart from the annual awards function, Pauline Beecher has been active in the Charlemont, Linstead and Bog Walk communities, giving cash donations to schools to assist with various projects.
During the recent ceremony, she presented a cheque valued at $50,000 to the Reverend Franklyn King, pastor at the Charlemont Open Bible church, to assist needy students who are facing challenges with back-to-school expenses.
"This is the ministry the Lord has bestowed on me. Claude and I both supplement each other doing the things God want us to do," she told The Gleaner.