Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer
Restaurant Associates Limited, franchise operator of Burger King in Jamaica, has awarded more than $3.4 million in scholarships and grants to more than 40 students, to attend high schools and universities in Jamaica.
The Burger King National Scholarship Programme, since 2001, has assisted more than 100 students with more than $25 million in scholarships and grants. The programme, which was the brainchild of Lois Sherwood, chairman of Restaurant Associates Limited, was created to aid students who perform well in their examinations and are in need of financial assistance.
"Burger King continues to embrace the potential of tomorrow's leaders, and is committed to helping students realise their dreams of continuing their education," Sherwood said.
The Burger King secondary-level scholarships were awarded to Tavia Thompson, who will be attending Immaculate Conception High, and Matthew Lovindeer, who will be attending Campion College.
Shannae Stewart and Kashieve Allen, who will be attending Ardenne High and Clarendon College, respectively, are the other two recipients in this category. They get scholarships valued at $200,000, payable over five years to children whose parents are employees of the company.
Book grants were also awarded to students entering high school. For 2013, 12 recipients received book grants valued at a combined total of $180,000.
Joylene Alexander, from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, received the Lois Sherwood Arts Scholarship valued at $100,000 to assist with her academic expenses.
The Lois Sherwood and Rodwell Lake Scholarships, awarded each year to two students entering university, are valued at $900,000 each, payable over a three-year period. The 2013 recipients are Jodi-Ann Hughes and Oshane Carter, graduates of St Andrew High School for Girls and St Georges' College, respectively.
This year's recipient of the Restaurant Associates Limited Sports Scholarship valued at $120,000 was Holmwood Technical High track standout Yanique Thompson.
Special education grants were also awarded to Monique Smith from St Andrew High School for Girls, who will attend the University of the West Indies (UWI), and Jerome Jackson of St George's College, who will also attend UWI. Each grant is valued at $100,000.