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Jamaica Energy/Power Partners to hand out $3m in scholarships

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Wayne McKenzie

Thirty students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March, alongside eight students from the tertiary level, will each be granted scholarships today totalling just over $3 million by the Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP), in collaboration with West Kingston Power Partners (WKPP).

Individually, the GSAT students will be granted $35,000 each, while university students will receive $250,000.

Jamaica Energy Partners has committed to facilitating youth in advancing their education for the past 20 years, donating over $60 million since inception. West Kingston Power Partners, a subsidiary of Jamaica Energy Partners, began its scholarship initiatives in 2012.

"I am very honoured to assist these brilliant minds, ensuring that they are given the opportunity to further their education. We at JEP and WKPP are devoted to uplifting the nation's youth and aid in relieving the financial burdens placed on their families. We look forward to continuing this initiative to provide students with the resources they need to accomplish their dreams," Wayne McKenzie, president and chief executive officer of both companies, said in a statement on Tuesday.

JEP and WKPP's philosophy is entrenched in the premise that education is crucial in the attainment of social mobility.