60 students awarded $4 million in scholarships and bursaries
Sixty students have been awarded scholarships and bursaries valued at approximately $4 million by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and Partners Co-operative Credit Union Limited.
Among them are 55 top performers in the 2017 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), who will receive $12,500 per annum over five years.
Under the Credit Union's Adopt-a-School programme, bursaries valued at $12,500 were presented to three students from Central Branch All-Age School, who will be making the transition to the secondary system.
Grade-seven student from The Queen's School, Satnereen Ducran, also received a $12,500 bursary as part of the Credit Union's School Savers programme, which aims to promote good financial habits.
The Albert 'Bertie' Morris Scholarship, named after one of the Credit Union's founding fathers, was awarded to Jaidenn Williams, who will be entering the University of Technology's architecture programme in September. He will receive $150,000 annually over three years.
Addressing the awards ceremony last week Thursday at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, director of Regional Educational Services in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Captain Kasan Troupe, congratulated the scholars on their academic achievements.
"We recognise that you have done some good work, that you have sacrificed, that you have studied hard, and today, we are celebrating you," she said.
Embrace lifelong learning
She encouraged them to continue to pursue excellence in their educational pursuits.
"You need to embrace lifelong learning. Embrace your education. Today, we are celebrating your success, but this is just the beginning. When you get to high school, you will be exposed to more subjects ..., but learning does not stop at school. You are always learning and becoming better. You must remain motivated," she said.
Now in its 19th year, the JPS and Partners Co-operative Credit Union Limited scholarship awards provides financial assistance to help children reach their academic goals.
Students are selected based on academic merit, work ethic, discipline and financial need.