"I feel ecstatic!" exclaimed 22-year-old Kim-Lee Campbell as she stood with poise and smiled brightly.
She was very grateful to be the first recipient of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) Rex Nettleford Memorial Scholarship.
The award was presented by Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, chairman of the Institute of Jamaica IOJ council, at its chamber in Kingston yesterday.
Following Nettleford's death in 2010, the IOJ council instituted the scholarship as a means of honouring his memory.
Campbell, who attends the School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, will benefit from a full scholarship to cover her tuition, along with a stipend of $50,000.
Marlon Simms, acting assistant director at the School of Dance, said Campbell is a gifted choreographer, whose insight and creativity exceed her years.
"Kim-Lee has demonstrated great passion and commitment to her studies and, as a result, performed commendably," he said.