LASCO Curves awards scholarships to top girls
For the fourth consecutive year, Curves, LASCO's line of sanitary napkins has awarded female Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholars. The scholarships, valued at $350,000, were handed over at a ceremony for the seven young women and their parents at LASCO Distributors Limited in White Marl, St Catherine.
The awardees were selected from among the top-performing female students from each of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information's (MoEYI) six regions, as well as the top-performing female child of a LASCO employee.
The scholarship recipients are: Greater Portmore Primary's Brianna Capleton to attend Immaculate Conception High School; Mannings Hill Primary's Brianna Wallace to attend Campion College; Sandy Bank Primary's Jasmine Sutherland to attend Hampton School; Somerton All-Age's Jaya Moore to attend Mt Alvernia High School; St Ann's Bay Primary's Kequiana Thompson to attend St Hilda's Diocesan High School; Buff Bay Primary's Akieva Powell to attend Westwood High School; and daughter of LASCO employee Gerald Wilkinson, Jaiann, from One Way Prep, who will attend Holy Childhood High School.
Wilkinson, whose daughter Jaiann, will receive the first staff scholarship, is thrilled that his family was chosen.
Will go a far way
"It feels good ... feels like you are being appreciated. I am honoured and saying thanks... thanks to my LASCO family. This money will go a far way in helping us to purchase her books," he said after the ceremony.
Roxanne Watson, mother of Region 2 recipient Akieva Powell shared that the scholarship will go a long way towards the Westwood tuition.
"I'm grateful because the tuition is a little over $73,000. It would have been a lot all at once, but the Curves scholarship will cover the bulk of that. I would like to express my thanks to LASCO. It is great to see that the work you put in is being rewarded, especially by outside sources," said the mother from Portland.
Renee Rose, brand manager for LASCO Curves, congratulated the girls and their parents, who accompanied their children, and cited the importance of getting the girls a good start to high school.
"At Curves, we want to encourage you as young women to work hard and reap the benefits. You are important to nation building and we are happy to give you this push towards securing your academic future," Rose said.
The gathering was also addressed by Kereen Reid-Clarke, Region 6 community relations education officer at the MoEYI.
"We at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, are so proud for the parents who have put in the work. When we talk to schools and parent/teachers' associations across the island, we hear that the parents worked really hard in preparing their children for the examination," Reid-Clarke said.