Nine students at the University of the west Indies (UWI), Mona, will benefit from $3.5 million in scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year provided by housing developers Gore Developments Limited.
Gore Developments Limited provided the scholarships for six students at the undergraduate level and three students who are pursuing master of science degrees at the UWI, Mona. The students are Antoinettte Harris, Corey Lindner, Shavonique Morrison, Oswald Robinson, Theophilus Nelson, Serena Harjani, Sherona Forrester, Rushaine Goulbourne and Shelly-Ann Wilson.
Among them are recipients of the first tennis scholarships at UWI, Mona, Serena Harjani, pursuing the economics and accounting double major, and Theophilus Nelson, who is in medicine and surgery.
"I am so thankful for this opportunity and I can't express how much I appreciate this, as it has taken a huge load off myself and my parents financially. I am very happy that Gore Developments decided to take the initiative in supporting tennis because it doesn't get the attention and push it requires just like the other sports. This was a huge step and it has definitely motivated me and given me more confidence in tennis here at UWI, Mona, as well as tennis in Jamaica," said Harjani.
"This gift is a representation of Gore's commitment to developing Jamaica," said Professor Archibald McDonald, pro-vice-chancellor and principal of the UWI, Mona campus. "Jamaica is known worldwide for our talents in track and field and we want to expand that talent pool across multiple sporting disciplines; tennis being no exception."
Chairman of Gore Developments Limited, Phillip Gore, expressed words of encouragement to the scholarship recipients. "With so much to struggle in Jamaica, we look to these nine scholarship recipients to be a beacon of hope for the next generation of our nation's leaders. We look to them to be an example that with hard work and passion anything is possible, and that holding yourself to a standard of excellence can be the path to your dreams.
"We remain committed to not only creating communities within our housing developments but to also investing in nation building through the development of our young people, by providing support for education and sports through scholarships and sponsorships at every level nationwide," said Gore.