SFP's foundation hands over eight scholarships
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The Pocket Rocket Foundation awarded eight scholarships to student athletes of several schools during a ceremony at Sagicor in New Kingston yesterday.
Founded by two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2013 when seven scholarships were awarded, this year, the foundation has added one more.
The 2014 awardees for the $50,000 scholarships are: Shadae Grant, a 12 year-old student of St Jago High; Nicholas Haughton, who is an upper sixth form student of Campion College; Patrick Morgan, a 16-year-old student at Jonathan Grant High; Janeek Brown, a 16-year-old student of Wolmer's Girls; Zinedine Russell, a 15-year-old student at Convent of Mercy Alpha; Okhalia Buchanan, a 16-year-old student of Wolmer's Boys; Pierce-Matthew McKenzie, a 15-year-old student of Campion College; and Romae Quarrie, a 17-year-old Campion College student.
"I believe that we are supposed to give back. You are on Earth to inspire others. The true person that I am, I do believe that you have to give to get back," Fraser-Pryce told the students at the brief ceremony.
"It is hard while growing up to find the lunch money and books. I was on that road. We don't choose our circumstances, we were born with it," the Olympic Games gold medallist added.
"I'm a testimony that it is possible, don't worry about the lunch money, books or other things. I want you to think about giving yourself a chance to excel, despite hardship. We are here to inspire others. I want to walk the journey with you. I want you to take this opportunity with both hands.
"It's about giving up your best, that's what I want you to do. It is as simple as that. I want you to continue the cycle by giving back.
"For me, I understand what it is to give. It is all about fostering relationships. I want you to take these cheques and do the best for you. This is an opportunity to make dreams a reality. I want you to fight, and have fun," Fraser-Pryce shared.
Fraser-Pryce is the convenor and chairperson of the foundation. Other board members are Bruce James, Donovan Walker, Jeffrey Gordon, Colleen Montaque, Raphael Walker and Paula Pinnock-McLeod.
The sponsors of the foundation include Nike, Sagicor, Digicel and GraceKennedy.