THE PORTIA Simpson Miller Foundation last week launched the Howard Aris Scholarship in honour of the late former president of the Jamaica Administrative Association and People's National Party supporter, Howard 'Fudge' Aris.
Jevauhna Johnson, a student at the University of Technology (UTech) who is pursuing a career in dentistry became the first beneficiary of a full scholarship. Another student, Rajesh Hutchinson, also walked away with a scholarship from the foundation to help offset tuition expenses at UTech, where he is pursuing studies in food service management.
Simpson Miller in commenting on the efforts of the foundation to assist the needy over the years said the establishment of the Howard Aris scholarship was to ensure his memories live on through the foundation.
"This evening it's more about the foundation, but also about a gentleman that was so precious. He worked hard in the area of sports, he gave up himself, he was more than just a brother, he was a friend," said the prime minister.
She added: "I felt that I have a responsibility to ensure that while he will live through his children, his name will never be forgotten," she told persons present during the launch at the Mayfair Hotel in St Andrew, last Thursday evening.
"I am very proud this evening that at the launch of the Howard Aris Scholarship the first recipient would be somebody in the field of medicine. The fact that Howard was an excellent physiotherapist, we felt that the award should go to someone in medicine," Simpson Miller said.