Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Harmani Henry of Kingston College (KC) and Delroy Matterson of Calabar High are this year's recipients of scholarships, valued at $100,000 each from the David 'Wagga' Hunt Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Both youngsters, who are now in grade eight at their respective schools along with six past scholarships awardees, were presented with their cheques during a presentation ceremony held at the Norman Manley Law School at the University of the West Indies yesterday.
The scholarships will run until each student graduates from high school. However, each recipient must maintain a satisfactory record of academic performance and attendance in order for the scholarship to be renewed each year.
Christopher Hunt, brother of David and co-chairman of the scholarship fund, which is now in its fourth year, said academic performance was a very important part of his brother's life.
"Academia was very important to David," Christopher Hunt said.
He urged the students to do their schoolwork and attend school, as it is very important they do so to keep the scholarship.
The 13-year-old Matterson said he was delighted to gain the scholarship and he will be working very hard to maintain it.
"I feel great and I am going to make the best use of it," said Matterson.
Henry, also 13, said: "I feel proud of myself because I worked very hard in my schoolwork to get it."
The past recipients are Miguel Morrison, Kevon Bartley and Ronaldo Ferguson of Kingston College (KC) and Jevaughn Foulder, Renaldo Lewis and Chris Campbell from Calabar.
David Hunt, a KC old boy, dedicated most of his life to football. He, however, also represented both KC and Jamaica in chess.
Hunt was one of Jamaica's foremost track and field analysts, co-founder of Meadhaven Football Club and led them to success in all of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association age-group competitions.
He coached the national under-17 team and also guided Calabar and KC in the Manning Cup. He led Calabar to the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles in 2005, before his untimely passing in October, 2007, from a heart attack.