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Five UTech students get scholarships from Chinese Embassy

Published:Saturday | September 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Sheldon Williams, Staff Reporter

Nadeisha Greene, a future dentist, was one of five students at the University of Technology (UTech) who had difficulty meeting the tuition and other financial requirements of her degree programme.

But like four of her cohorts, her excellent academic performance earned her a Chinese Ambassador Scholarship, an inaugural scholarship funded by the Chinese Embassy in Kingston.

Greene, who is in her third year of study in the doctor of medical dentistry programme, was thrilled at the assistance received from the Chinese government, valued at US$ 8,000. "I applied for the scholarship because my course is very expensive and I do not have adequate funding because student loan alone cannot cover the fee. It's almost $2 million a year for the school fee. This year, it is $1.93 million," she said.

INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

She emphasised that her time isn't restricted to academia as she is also involved in community activities. "I am part of the Top Range community development committee, a community-based organisation," she said.

Camrie Hines, who is in his first year reading for a bachelor of science degree in environmental health with a major in public health inspection, shared a similar story of being crippled by financial burdens. He, too, was determined to succeed and showed his gratitude. "I am indeed grateful for the efforts shown by the ambassador and I know that this financial scholarship will make a difference in my tenure."

The other recipients are: Oshane Coley, who is doing a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in accounts and minor in economics; Jermaine Thompson, who is studying engineering; and Danielle Newman, who is reading for a degree in communication arts and technology.

Acting president of UTech, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, reminded the recipients that they were selected because of their meritorious academic performances, among other things, and they should continue along the same path.