Sagicor Foundation awards 42 university, high school scholarships
Sagicor Foundation has selected 42 students from across the island to receive 26 tertiary and 16 secondary scholarships.
The scholarships are a part of Sagicor Foundation's overall vision to support educational development in Jamaica, Sagicor said in a release.
The scholarships are renewable for the duration of the students' studies at their respective levels. University scholarships are renewable for up to four years, while those for high school are up to five years.
Sagicor received more than 600 applications and shortlisted and selected recipients at the tertiary level based on academic performance, financial need, community involvement and student leadership.
With an investment of up to $250,000 per student per academic year, the 2017 programme will see students receiving scholarships to attend the University of the West Indies, Mona; University of Technology, Jamaica; Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; The Mico University College; Caribbean Maritime Institute; Northern Caribbean University and the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean.
Of the 16 GSAT scholarship awardees, two are the champion boy and girl from this year's Jamaica Teachers' Association-Sagicor National Athletics Championships. Each GSAT scholarship is valued at $50,000 annually for five years.
COMMITTED TO GROWTH
"Sagicor remains committed to fulfilling its responsibility as a company deeply rooted in the growth of our country, and what better way to do so than through assisting many hard-working students to achieve their dreams," said Ingrid Card, executive director, Sagicor Foundation.
The scholarship programme goes beyond just tuition funding. As part of the tertiary scholars' personal and professional development, they are required to volunteer with outreach projects of the Sagicor Foundation, such as the annual Sigma Corporate Run, as a way of encouraging the habit of giving back.
To maintain their scholarships, recipients are expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.0, while high-school students are required to retain an average of 80 per cent.
The Sagicor Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Sagicor Group. Currently, more than 100 high-school and university students are enrolled in the Sagicor Foundation scholarship programme.