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Corporate Hands: FHC supports education, entrepreneurship

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Maria Morrison left), chief operations officer - First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union; O’Neil Grant (back row, centre), board director and second vice chairman - chairman of the First Heritage Foundation; Leodis Douglas (second right, standing), a director and first vice chairman and Basil Naar (standing, right), CEO, of the credit union, are photographed with all the recipients of the 2015 FHC Foundation Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Awards.
Giovanni Maddix (second left), explains the benefits of his product UBoards to First Heritage Credit Union eExecutives Maria Morrison (left), COO;) Basil Naar (centre), CEO; O’Neil Grant (second right), director/vice chairman/chairman - FHC Foundation) and Balvin Vanriel, board chairman (right).

First Heritage Cooperative (FHC) Credit Union recently held its Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Awards. Along with awarding bursaries to 17 students, the credit union's foundation also awarded the winner of their Annual Entrepreneurship Competition with a $300,000 grant towards starting the proposed business.

Realising that graduates leaving universities pursuing entrepreneurship have access to little or no funding, First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union instituted its Entrepreneurship Competition in 2006 as a means to aid young Jamaicans fulfil their career aspirations.

The presentation took place at the FHC Foundation 2015 Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony held recently at the Knutsford Court Hotel. Since its inception in 2006, the programme has awarded 28 grants to tertiary students with exceptional business plans and ideas.