‘I have a great passion for agriculture’
Scholarship awardee aiming for GraceKennedy job after completing studies
While many youth from rural Jamaica are shying away from continuing in a legacy of farming, which has sustained their communities, 18-year-old former ward of the state Rohane Grey is glad to accept the call.
The Hanover native is in his second year pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural Production and Food Systems Management at the Portland-based College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).
His outstanding academic performance at CASE has led to the Children of Jamaica Outreach, Inc (COJO) awarding him a scholarship valued at US$3,500, which he collected during a luncheon at the AC Hotel by Marriott Kingston on Wednesday.
“Really and truly, I feel great to be awarded,” the shy youngster from Jericho in the western parish told The Gleaner after accepting his cheque.
“I chose to go to CASE because I have a great passion for agriculture and I see how I can apply my knowledge based on things that I learn, so any agricultural practice that is carried out, I can apply it,” said Grey, a past student of Rusea’s High School.
He disclosed that issues at home led to him being placed in the care of the State for the last three years.
Grey said he has managed to overcome a number of challenges through his teenage years by praying and reporting to the Child Protection and Family Service Agency (CPFSA), and is now heralding a major breakthrough.
“I want to say thanks to them for intervening, because being with the agency, it provided for me and it paid my school fee and so forth, and I’m grateful for that,” he said.
After wrapping up his remaining years at CASE, Grey is hoping to land a job as a quality assurance officer in the food processing industry.
“That’s the sector of agriculture that I’m interested in – food processing and food chemistry – like at GraceKennedy and so forth,” he told The Gleaner.
GraceKennedy, he said, is top of his list for employment because “their food is just number one”.