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JWN opens 2017 scholarships

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Tanikie McClarthy Allen

The J. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Foundation will next week launch its Scholarship Awards Programme for the academic year 2017-18. The scholarship programme, which is now in its 11th year, is open to applicants from communities surrounding JWN operations in Kingston, St Elizabeth and Clarendon.

"The annual scholarship is reflective of JWN Foundation's commitment to transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica. The application process runs for just over a week, commencing on July 12 and closing on July 21," said Tanikie McClarthy Allen, director of public affairs and sustainability at JWN Limited.

According to McClarthy Allen, applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of JWN executives, a representative from the Ministry of Education and an independent education consultant.

Successful applicants will be notified during the week of August 14, with the official scholarship ceremony taking place on August 23.

The JWN Foundation has awarded more than $30 million in the past decade to Jamaican students, assisting them with completing their secondary education.

Applications may be collected from schools and community centres in the eligible communities of:

- Olympic Way

- Riverton Meadows

- Majesty Gardens

- Waterhouse

- Seaview Gardens

(All near JWN Limited's base at Spanish Town Road in Kingston)

- Gimme-Mi-Bit

- Race Course

- Water Lane

- Vernamfield

(Which engulf its New Yarmouth plant in Clarendon)

- Holland

- Siloah

(Communities among which lies its Appleton Estate business in St Elizabeth)

 

Criteria for secondary and tertiary-level scholarships

 

Secondary students must:

- Achieve 90 per cent or higher on the GSAT or be maintaining a B average

- Show financial need (letter from a member of parliament, church leader, school principal, -JWN Community Council member or police officer above the rank of corporal);

- Write a 500-word essay under the theme "I want to be a ... and this is how the JWN Scholarship will assist";

- Where there is a tie, students may be called in for an interview.

For tertiary students, the criteria maintains:

- Academic achievement of 3.3 GPA/B+ average or higher;

- Showing financial need (letter from a member of parliament, church leader, school principal, JWN Community Council member or police officer above the rank of corporal);

- Recommendation by academic adviser or professor;

- Shortlisted students will be called in for a panel interview;

- One-time disbursement, must re-apply annually;

- Successful awardees are required to complete 72 volunteer hours per year within community.