Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer
From an impressive field of 14 brilliant students, Javon Dinnall of Kingston and Shereese Graham of St Thomas emerged as the all-island champion boy and girl in the recent NCB Foundation scholarship programme. Well in excess of $20 million has been donated for the 2013-2014 academic year.
A significant aspect of the NCB Foundation's scholarship programme includes the parish champion award. This award is open to Jamaican students entering a tertiary-level institution. Top students from the 14 parishes are selected and awarded tertiary scholarships valued at a maximum of $250,000 for each academic year.
From the selected parish awardees, an All-Island Champion Top Boy and Top Girl are selected and awarded a scholarship valued at a maximum of $500,000 per year for the duration of their undergraduate programme. These awardees are selected based on high academic performance and a demonstration of community spirit and leadership abilities and need.
CONTINUE CHASING DREAMS
Thalia Lyn, chairman of the foundation, speaking at the awards and presentation ceremony recently, encouraged the recipients to continue to chase their dreams of becoming future leaders, as NCB remained committed to providing meaningful opportunities for young Jamaicans to grow and become worthwhile citizens.
"Continue to work hard at school and in your communities as you are our nation's future leaders. It is our hope that you will wear your titles with pride as you are the newest additions to the NCB family. NCB is here for you to empower you and inspire you to become the next generation for change," Lyn said.
Close to 3,000 applications were submitted and selecting the champions this year was a somewhat tedious process according to Lyn.
Another component of the scholarship programme is the We Believe in You Fund, which provides grants of varying amounts, based on financial need, to students at the tertiary level. The main objective of the programme is to provide assistance to students who are in financial need while demonstrating the determination, potential and hard work to achieve academic success despite the odds.
More than 200 students from across the island are expected to benefit through this programme.
NCB Foundation parish scholarship winners
Javon Dinnall - Kingston
Janeak Bailey - Portland
Shereese Graham - St Thomas
Toni- Ann Williams - St Andrew
Sachel Christian - Clarendon
Deidre Lewis - St Ann
Anique Warren - Manchester
Staecha Goulbourne - St Catherine
Romane Duncan - St Mary
Kerrijoe Malcholm - Hanover
Leonnette Headley - St James
Deandra Needham - Trelawny
Danielle Ewart - WestmorelandSamantha Ledgister - St Elizabeth
Full Caption: All 14 parish champions - from left: Anique Warren, Manchester; Leonnette Headley, St James; Shereese Graham, St Thomas; Deandra Needham, Trelawny; Sachel Christian, Clarendon; Janeak Bailey, Portland; Romane Duncan, St Mary; Samantha Ledgister, St Elizabeth; Javon Dinnall, Kingston; Toni-Ann Williams, St Andrew; Deidre Lewis, St.Ann; Kerrijoe Malcholm, Hanover; Danielle Ewart, Westmoreland; and Staecha Gouldbourne, St Catherine.-Contributed PHOTOS