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LIME Scholarships helping families

Published:Monday | November 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Daviot Kelly and Keisha Hill,  Gleaner Writers

In September, telecomms giant LIME stepped up to help some of the parents in difficulty get their children a good education. Weston Allen is a fifth-form student at Kingston College and is one of the recipients of the LIME Scholarship Fund.

His mother, Stacy-Ann Francis-Williams, was elated that he was successful in receiving a scholarship.

"I have three boys and it was very difficult to purchase uniform, shoes and educational supplies for them," Francis-Williams said. "I was worried about providing for them, so my son getting a scholarship helped to lift the burden off my shoulders." Francis-Williams said after visiting a LIME store, she filled out a scholarship application and Weston was later chosen. An equipment operator at Kingston Container Terminal, Francis-Williams said her son has settled well in fifth form and is currently focusing on his school based assessments for CSEC.

Competitive Field

"He tries his best to get very good grades because he wants to do actuarial science," she said. "He has browsed the University of the West Indies website and has realised that the space is really competitive."

Devon Reynolds, who has three daughters at various levels of the education system, got a scholarship for his youngest, Deborah, a student at Webster Memorial Basic. He attended the LIME Skool Aid back-to-school main fair in Portmore on August 24.

"I wasn't expecting it all," he said. "I know there are hundreds of people who pass through, so to be chosen was a blessing. I really appreciate it." Reynolds is a music teacher at George Headley Primary, so he knows the value of a good education and the costs associated with that.

"Her (Deborah's) fees are more expensive than the others," he said. "The scholarship covered the cost for shoes and some other basic stuff." Added to that, he has to travel from Portmore, which means daily toll fees.