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JF Mills Foundation revamps scholarship programme

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM
2017 recipients of the JF Mills Foundation General Scholarship with the guest speaker and past recipient, Robert Miller (back centre).

The Jamaica Flour Mills Foundation has revamped its scholarship offerings for its 30th anniversary. The JFM Foundation, which made its first award in 1988, has expanded its scholarships to target two new areas, namely, students who reside within the Kingston 2 communities surrounding its plant in eastern Kingston and students pursuing studies in the field of baking.

The announcement was made by Megan Lindo, human resource officer at Jamaica Flour Mills, with direct responsibility for the JFM Foundation. Lindo explained that in celebration of the 30th anniversary, the foundation decided on a more targeted funding approach.

"For the past 30 years, the foundation has offered scholarships and grants for students pursuing full-time studies at local universities. However, for our 30th year, we're introducing two new scholarships; the JFM Community Scholarships and the JFM Baking Technology Scholarships," Lindo stated. "These will be in addition to the JFM Foundation General Scholarships which are open to persons residing outside of the Kingston 2 area."

She continued, "Our community means a lot to us. It's been our home for all these years, and we believe that this investment in the youth will have a positive impact on the community, and by extension, Jamaica. The JFM Foundation Community Scholarships and Grants will provide financial assistance to members of the community towards their tertiary education."

To demonstrate its continued support for the baking industry, the foundation has also introduced the JFM Baking Technology Scholarships, which are two full scholarships specifically designed for persons who are intent on pursuing the full-time Baking Technology Certificate Programme at the University of Technology, Jamaica. Two awards were made in 2017 to students who are now completing their studies at the university.

The application period for the scholarships and grants are now open and will close on April 30. Students can find additional information and application forms on the ADM website, or any of the following locations; Jamaica Flour Mills Limited, the University of the West Indies - Office of Student Financing, University of Technology, Jamaica - Financial Aid Office, Montego Bay Community College, Manchester High School, Brown's Town Community College and Manning's High School.