Forty-five GSAT students whose parents are employees of Manpower and Maintenance Services (MMS) received scholarships last Friday to start their high-school careers.
M. Audrey Hinchcliffe, chairman and CEO of MMS, beamed as she referred to the event as, "The day I look forward to every year."
The 10-year-old tradition has benefited approximately 400 students since its inception and will do the same for the 45 students this year.
Hinchcliffe noted that MMS' approach to giving assistance with education at such a crucial time does not focus solely on the students who received the best grades.
"I would single out the ones with the lowest grades," said Hinchcliffe, referring to the practice of giving high performers assistance with education. MMS gives all the students, regardless of their grades, a scholarship.
MMS collaborated with other entities to give the students items geared towards their education. MMS gave $2,500 to each child. "That is to go towards the purchase of a book," said Hinchcliffe. First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union gave $500 towards each child opening a savings account at their institution. Similarly, Jamaica National Building Society gave 10 randomly selected students funds towards opening a JNBS account. Other contributors included LASCO, LIME, and the Jamaican Foundation for Life Long Learning (JFLL) who gave school supplies, etc.
Hinchcliffe noted her appreciation for the entities continually giving of themselves despite the challenging economic times.
Guest speaker Reverend Miranda Sutherland, of JFLL, encouraged the young minds to dream big. She encouraged them to live by the mantra. "I have a dream to become the best that I can become."