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GraceKennedy scholarships unlock student potential

Published:Friday | August 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Don Wehby (third right), Group CEO of Grace Kennedy Limited and Edward Alexander (right), CEO tTech Ltd, pose with some of the recipients of the GraceKennedy Foundation Carlton Alexander Bursary for 2014. The recipients are (from left), Pavielle Griffiths, Dwayne Campbell, Darienne Spalding, and Brianna Lindo. - Ian Allen/Photographer

Since his first year in medical school at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dwayne Campbell has been intrigued by the power of the mind and he wants to uncover the secrets of the conscious mind.

Campbell is interested in neurosurgery, and this journey has been assisted by the GraceKennedy Foundation Carlton Alexander Tertiary Scholarship for the past four years. With a grade point average of 3.5, the Mannings High School past student is grateful for the opportunity to fulfill his dreams.

"I have an interest in the mind and I have read a lot of books on philosophy to understand consciousness and the microstructure of the brain," Campbell said.

His mother, Joan Andrews is equally proud that her only child has climbed the academic ladder with much success. "He reads a lot and I am always there for him. I encourage him, even when I don't understand what it is that he is studying. I sit at the table even late at nights to be there for him," Andrews said.

Campbell was among 28 students who received bursaries and scholarships this year. Seven students were awarded new bursaries: five secondary and two tertiary and the remaining 21 were all renewals. The staff members benefiting from the Carlton Alexander Bursary awards were drawn from 11 subsidiaries within the GraceKennedy Group.

Guest speaker, Kerri-Lee Chintersingh, a former GraceKennedy Foundation Carlton Alexander Scholarship awardee graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering (Process) with first class honours. Now a Process Control Engineer at Jamalco-Alcoa Minerals of Jamaica, she encouraged the students not to accept the norm but to be special and blaze their own trail with conviction and determination.

"Step outside your comfort zone. Everywhere I went I took on a challenge. Only you can determine your limitations. Be leaders and continue to excel as you aim for the highest. One must be a leader to become an achiever," Chintersingh said.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com