BGLC awards $11 million in education grants
The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) this year awarded grants totalling $11 million to 220 tertiary students attending 17 institutions.
The grants, awarded annually, are presented to students who are either beginning the first year of their studies at an accredited local tertiary institution or continuing their education.
The initiative is a part of the gaming regulatory body’s corporate social responsibility programme, focused on education and community development.
Speaking at a meet and greet session at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge at the University of the West Indies, Mona in St Andrew on Wednesday, Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke encouraged the recipients to make the most of the opportunities provided to them.
“The scholarships that you received will help you further your academic education, and I want to encourage you [to bear in mind] that success in life goes beyond merely the academic component,” he said.
Clarke noted that the qualities which will matter are those “that you will develop over time, [which will] form the basis of your character”.
“Confidence is a most important characteristic for you to have. But the most important type of confidence that you really need to have is one that springs from inside and radiates assurance on the outside. If you can manage to develop that confidence, you have won before you have started,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke said reforms implemented over the past few years as part of Jamaica’s ongoing transition are beginning to bear fruit.
“That fruit is being represented in the form of opportunities for young people… the people who are being trained,” he further stated.
Meanwhile, BGLC Executive Director Vito's Evans informed that over the past five years the Commission has provided more than $40 million in grant funding to tertiary students, with over 811 persons benefiting.