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GK Foundation scholarship programme introduces volunteer component

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Pamella Chang, 2018 Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Scholar, receives her certificate from Dr Carol Gentles, chair, Education Committee, GraceKennedy Foundation.

The GraceKennedy Foundation has added a service component to its scholarship programme that is aimed at contributing to Jamaica's development.

This was announced by Senator Don Wehby, Group CEO, GraceKennedy Limited, who addressed the foundation's Scholars Awards ceremony held at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, last week.

Speaking to GraceKennedy's focus on nation building through education, Wehby said, "If every child is given the right opportunity, wherever you are from, once you apply yourself, you will do well. That is why I believe very strongly that every Jamaican is entitled to a good education."

He announced that as part of GraceKennedy's efforts to support students in a multifaceted way at the tertiary level, the GraceKennedy Foundation will partner with Grace Foods, other companies within corporate Jamaica, and the UWI Guild of Undergraduate Students to open a food bank at the UWI Mona campus. This would address one of the critical issues affecting some tertiary-level students, particularly those from the lower socio-economic groupings. These university students often find it difficult to eat healthy, nutritious meals as any financial assistance they may receive is usually geared towards covering tuition, books and other education-related expenses.

Once it becomes operational, the food bank will serve as a collection point for food donated by participating companies within corporate Jamaica. The food bank will then redistribute this donation to needy students. The GraceKennedy scholars, along with other UWI students, will voluntarily man the food bank.

Wehby pointed out that the scholars will also participate in the newly established student ambassador programme known as GK Campus Connect. Through the programme, the scholarship recipients will serve as campus ambassadors for GraceKennedy brands such as Grace Foods, First Global Bank, GK Insurance, GK Money Services, and Hi-Lo Food Stores. The campus ambassadors will receive training in project planning and implementation.