COURTS JAMAICA will be awarding 44 scholarships valued at over $4.5 million to its customers and their children, who are at varying levels of study.
Twenty-nine GSAT students will each receive $100,000, five tertiary students will be awarded $250,000 and 10 persons will get $50,000 to finance a skills training programme at any HEART Trust/National Training Agency institution.
According to acting managing director of Courts Jamaica, Dennis Harris, "The company is a strong supporter of education, and we believe that as a corporate entity we have our part to play in helping to educate the nation and provide support to the people who have kept us in business over the years - our customers.
"It is our hope that these scholarships will help to enrich the lives of some of our valued customers and afford them the opportunity to finance their or their children's education," said Harris.
Minister of Education Andrew Holness has applauded Courts for its continued contribution to education in Jamaica, noting that this new initiative by the company will enhance the education sector. "The provision of 44 new scholarships will undoubtedly give many Jamaicans of lesser means opportunities to get an education, thus harnessing human potential that might otherwise have been lost," the minister wrote in a statement to the company.
Executive director of HEART Trust/NTA, Dr Carolyn Hayle, also welcomed the initiative from Courts, noting that the company's efforts to assist with the education and training of Jamaicans through the provision of scholarships to its valued customers is commendable.
"One of HEART's key strategies is the forging of partnerships and alliances with organisations for the provision of training, and HEART is pleased to have Courts Jamaica on board as a partner," said Hayle.
Courts has given millions of dollars to education over the past 25 years, which started with its Junior Management Programme in 1986 geared towards assisting tertiary-level students. In 1996, Courts developed the Manufacturer Apprenticeship Exercise, which is geared towards high school students interested in furniture making.
To date, the company has provided some 755 students scholarships valued at over $78 million. In addition, a $3.5-million state-of-the-art basic school was constructed in the Jones Town community.
Application forms are available at the 29 Courts stores and the forms can also be downloaded at www.courts.com.jm.