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Jamaica Energy Partners provides $4.7m in scholarships

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Sheldon Williams, Staff Reporter

Come September, more than 75 high achievers will be returning to school with scholarships and grants totalling $4.7 million, from Jamaica Energy Partners, as a result of their outstanding academic performances.

Three hundred thousand dollars has been specially allocated to the South St Catherine constituency, which was the birthplace of the scholarship programme in 1996.

There was joy on the faces of parents, guardians, and students from primary to tertiary level, as they shared their success stories with each other in the West Kingston Power Partners boardroom.

Four students received tertiary scholarships valued at $250,000 each, with four receiving tertiary grants valued at $200,000 each to pursue studies at the University of the West Indies, University Of Technology and Caribbean Maritime Institute. Eight students who have already matriculated to universities retained their scholarships.

GSAT to CAPE

Thirty students from the primary level received Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships valued at $20,000 each. The amount will increase to $60,000 for each year of sixth form for students studying at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination level. Eight students received Old Harbour Development Association Committee (ODHAC)-GSAT scholarships. There were other grants for secondary students.

CEO of West Kingston Power Partners, Wayne McKenzie, lauded the students for their continued drive for academic excellence and singled out those who are from depressed communities. "They just need a break, and we provide that avenue for them," he expressed.