Scotia Foundation spends millions on scholarships
The Scotia Jamaica Foundation is spending millions of dollars yearly to maintain and support the cause of education, according to the executive director of the Scotia Jamaica Foundation, Joylene Griffiths-Irving.
More than $10 million is spent yearly on persons who became recipients of the Scotia Foundation Shining for Excellence Scholarship, valued at $205,000 yearly for seven years, and the government's top achiever through the Inner-city School Scholarship, valued at $45,000 yearly for five years.
The foundation normally awards the top boy and girl in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) examinations.
Jonathan Morgan, who now attends Campion College, achieved a perfect score in his examination, as did the top girl.
However, there was a tie between Ana Holmes, who is also at Campion College, and Hampton High School's Flaneil Plummer, who both scored perfect results in the GSAT examinations.
"First of all, I was elated to receive the scholarship. It has been on my heart since I entered primary school, because I knew someone who had gotten it before and I had it in mind," said Morgan.
"I felt honoured for what Scotia has given me," added Morgan. "It has been difficult adjusting to the new system, but I am thankful for Scotia for the support. Today, the stories from the former recipients have been encouraging and inspiring for me."
awarding since 1999
The foundation has been awarding the scholarships since 1999.
Last Saturday was the annual scholarship retreat, where the foundation invited former recipients to share with the new awardees their experiences and offer encouragement to keep them working at being excellence.
"Our job is to make sure that these student are able to function well while benefiting from the scholarship," said Griffiths-Irving.
"It's not only about earning the scholarship, but also performing at that stage of excellence throughout. We are interested in making them prepared for all opportunities and offering them the best support system there is," she added.